Friday, August 18, 2017

Clinging to Jesus in this world and his world

S John 20

 “Mary!” Jesus said.

She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).

17 “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.

O- my observation on the scripture is a revelation online Jesus said quotes don't clean to me for I haven't ascended to the father. The reason he may have said this was because he realized that Mary who was excited to see him after his death and Resurrection may have wanted to clean to him in this world and keep him for herself Vice understanding that Jesus's place was at the right hand of the father interceding for us as our high priest.

A- the application for me today is really one in reverence of Jesus's wisdom and understanding Mary's desire Keep Jesus near her. For me I want Jesus with me all times and if it could be physical and not just spiritual presents I would want it. But that is my flesh not realizing and recognizing who Jesus is and how much more he does for us in heaven. I am thankful that Jesus is in heaven at the right hand of the father interceding for me so that my sins don't get in the way of my relationship with God so that I am discipled and and Sanctified overtime that I might be more and more like Jesus here on Earth, that I one day we'll be with Jesus in heaven.

P -Dear heavenly father thank you so much for this day and for what you have done thank you for sending your son here on Earth so that we might get to know him and understand your teachings and your ways. I pray Lord that you would continue to sanctify me through each trial through each Miracle through each opportunity that you are giving me to learn and grow in my love for you. My heart's desire is to kapura fi your name through what I do and I pray that you would help me to keep that perspective even in the most challenging times. I pray all this in Jesus name amen.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Discerning God's true leaders l

Discerning God's true leaders

S  Jeremiah 23
25 “I have heard these prophets say, ‘Listen to the dream I had from God last night.’ And then they proceed to tell lies in my name. 26 How long will this go on? If they are prophets, they are prophets of deceit, inventing everything they say. 27 By telling these false dreams, they are trying to get my people to forget me, just as their ancestors did by worshiping the idols of Baal.

28 “Let these false prophets tell their dreams,
    but let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word.
    There is a difference between straw and grain!
29 Does not my word burn like fire?”
    says the Lord.
“Is it not like a mighty hammer
    that smashes a rock to pieces?

O - the scripture from Jeremiah is both timely and relevant for me today but I will get to that more in my application of the scripture. This scripture is at a time that the Prophet Jeremiah is speaking to the people of Israel who are being exiled and those left behind that soon there will be many false prophets that come and deceive you and by telling you there are ways in which you can be saved. However for Israel there was only one way and that was God's way. God needed to break them up there habits of turning to false idols and false prophets instead of turning to him and His prophets.

A- the application for me is that today I'm facing a new job and a new leadership role in the shipyard. I am organizing my thoughts and getting ready to cast a vision for the Department that helps this entire Shipyard move forward. However I have leaders of differing vision and prophecy. There in particular is a leader who is a man of God but is of the old school in the shipyard. His perspective is helpful for me because I think it's grounded in the right heart and Truth I am just not sure if he is speaking from God or from his past. Others in my leadership Circle also have history and vision, and they are the new leadership and group that will lead the shipyard in the future years. My role now my challenge is to discern which one is a true Messenger because I know that that word will smash all other things into pieces. It needs to be god-centered God inspired leadership that takes us forward no other way can end in the fruit that God wishes to produce here in Puget Sound.

P- dear heavenly father thank you Lord for this day for the scripture that you have given me as it is timely as my heart is being checked in building relationships and learning who the people of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard R. In particular Lord I pray that you give me discernment and guidance let your spirit be upon me as I make the decisions on who who's trust to invest in and who's course to correct I know Lord you have a plan and I am watching those plans come together right before my eyes and I give you thanks and praise for everything that you are doing here in my life in the ship yours life in the Navy's future and I just pray for our country that you would continue to lead us as your people to be lights in the world. In Jesus name I pray amen

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

God's level 5 Christians

Gods level 5 leaders

S - Psalm 112

How joyful are those who fear the Lord
    and delight in obeying his commands.
2 Their children will be successful everywhere;
    an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
3 They themselves will be wealthy,
    and their good deeds will last forever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
    They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
5 Good comes to those who lend money generously
    and conduct their business fairly.
6 Such people will not be overcome by evil.
    Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
7 They do not fear bad news;
    they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
8 They are confident and fearless
    and can face their foes triumphantly.
9 They share freely and give generously to those in need.
    Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
    They will have influence and honor.
10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated.
    They will grind their teeth in anger;
    they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.

O - This entire Psalm  extremely motivates me. It describes the man I want to be and I know God is creating me to be. No I am not there yet but I can see God carving out his image in me through the experiences and lessons he is teaching me. I understand now that the important thing is to fear the lord and truly delite in obeying his commands. It is from this place that we can be the best of who we are and the best of who God intends us to be. The words of this song describe in vivid detail what it means to be a level 5 leader. That term comes from a book by Collins on what it takes to have great leadership and Lead great organizations, level 5 leaders distinguished themselves from the rest and have very distinct characteristics. I believe God is creating level 5 Christians who are by definition are God's level 5 leaders. In my heart's desire is to be used by God to be one of those leaders, to work alongside other level 5 leaders, and to raise up level 5 leaders for the future

A- The application for me is simply this , to add this to my Psalms to study and emulate the characteristics of a level 5 Christian. I need to break this down and understand how God has already shown us in the Bible level 5 Christians and how they went on to be level five leaders, my thoughts go to Abraham and Moses and David. For me it'll be a application of study and practice until it becomes muscle memory and God's DNA is in me.

P- Dear heavenly father Lord I Thank you for all that you have done in my life I see now that through the highs and lows through the good times and the trials you have been with me. Thank you for showing such Grace and love that you are willing to continue to work with me despite my shortcomings. I pray in the season of leadership that you would give me the strength to be a level 5 leader if not through my own muscle memory than Lord through your Holy Spirit and guidance and favor. I pray all this in Jesus Christ's name, amen.

Monday, August 14, 2017

How to decide what to pray for

How to decide what to pray for
S John 17
25 “I have spoken of these matters in figures of speech, but soon I will stop speaking figuratively and will tell you plainly all about the Father. 26 Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, 27 for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.b]"28 Yes, I came from the Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to the Father.”

O- I love this verse as it shows quite clearly that Jesus is our high priest to intercede for us between God and man. Heelys it out clearly that we are to ask but, he is not saying you will always ask what we ask. He of course plays the role of intercessor and therefore knows the heart of the father and our heart and would not allow selfish sinful requests to be translated to the father but instead work with us to check our own hearts. Other notable item is just the fact that the father directly loves each and everyone of us dearly and it is because we believe Jesus came from God. Yes we are reconnected with him through Jesus.

A- the application for me is to remain in close relationship with Jesus. As I process things in this world decide what I'm going to do, what I'm going to meditate on, and what I am just going to bring to Jesus, this balance of my role and Jesus's role in God's role in my life becomes clear. I am to have the conversation with Jesus about my concerns and fears and then through dialogue make the wise prayer request to God the Father. It is through this process I can be discipled by Christ as well as do God's kingdom work here on Earth.

P-dear heavenly father thank you Lord for these words of knowledge words of wisdom and words of inspiration that you have given me. I pray that you would help make it a habit of mine to threw a relationship with your son Jesus process all of the things that are going on in my life working on the things that are mine to work on giving the things that are I should hand over to Jesus to him and above all involving you in my life by presenting my request to you on the areas I just need help in things only you can do. I pray this in Jesus Christ name amen,.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Servant leadership exampled

Servant leadership exampled
He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. 16Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

O - My observation today is Jesus' example of servant leadership. It was revolutionary at the time and it is still revolutionary today.  We all have to remember the reason we are willing to be servants is because we all serve a God who is much greater than us he is our master . Jesus reminds us that even he was sent by the father and came to serve and not be served. Finally he leaves it as an example for his disciples to to choose to follow his example and serve one another because he has served them. The act of washing an others feet was a great example and humbleness in service.

A-   The application has been one in which I am trying to both develop the personal habit of servant leadership and describe so that others can understand what it means. I must first look introspectively them to understand the challenges of being a servant leader.   Self interest is often the driving factor that drives us away from the knowledge and practice of the truth of  servant leadership. When our needs or circumstances around us cause us to think in a scarcity manner we have a hard time serving.  An example is when we are hungry and without money with it is hard to in that moment to want to serve others. Once the basic needs are cared for we have an opportunity to move forward but beyond basic needs  of health security and protection.  We can focus on next level needs to be wanted and feel useful and full of purpose.   When I look at times in my life when I was drawn to self preservation and away from servant leadership it was times of crisis in which I didn't have enough capacity my soul and I feared for my own self destruction. When I allow the peace of God to rest on me when I put my faith in Christ when I understand he has a good plan for me and he has me in his palm I realize his yoke is easy and his burden is light,  my life light then once again is restored to a place I am able to focus on serving others .

P - dear heavenly father thank you Lord for today for your abundant provision in my life for lifting the fog of depression in for a lift in the weight of my own self interest off of my shoulders. I pray Lord that you would continue to do that on the way forward and help me to understand how I can travel through times of stress without turning to my own self interest.I pray also Lord that you help me to understand this lesson in a way that it is sealed to my heart and that I would share can share with others so that they may benefit from one for knowledge and relationship with you and might feel the freedom of living for and serving our great God. In Jesus name I pray amen.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Jesus the true Eternal fruit

Jesus the try eternal fruit
S -John 12

And Jesus *answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.26 If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

O-Jesus's Parable hear about the green wheat that falls is one that is telling his story about why he needs to die so that he might bear much fruit and produce 1000 fold more.  Jesus here on Earth was like a very ripe fruit it was delicious and pleasing and had much to give but was limited and how much you can give by the size of the fruit. God's plan was bigger than just a man of Flesh coming to give what only one man can give but was to produce a fruit that multiplies, this is God's ways. People got to experience Kingdom fruit when Jesus was here yet he was just one apple. Because he died and was buried he produced a million times more the opportunity for fruit by Rising again and sitting at the right hand of the father eternally. He was the Tree of Life under which all Humanity had an opportunity to taste an bear fruit that gives life.

A -the application for me really is to understand how I was made in the image of God that I am born again and I'm being sanctified to be more and more like Christ everyday. That means God expects me to like Jesus died to myself so I might produce more fruit. What that looks like in my life today is I must die to self in order that I might produce fruit in my wife, I must die to myself in order to produce fruit in my children. And perhaps as importantly I must die to myself so that people around me might know the goodness of Jesus and the fruit he offers and that they too might join the Harvest.

P- dear heavenly father thank you so much for just your inspiration in these words out of the Book of John thank you for your perfect imagery allowing us to understand how great the fruit of your kingdom it really is through the example of your son Jesus Christ. Thank you that you've shown us a simple way to understand our role to play which is to be children who for a Time bear fruit and let that fruit be sweet and attractive to those in this world so they might be attracted to you. But let us remember death is our destiny in this world we are to die to ourselves and we are to live for you cuz it is those seeds which will be planted in generations to come to bear fruit or thank you for your perfect plan in Jesus Christ name I pray amen.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Repenting and turning towards the Lord

S - Jeremiah 3
O Israel, my faithless people,
    come home to me again,
for I am merciful.
    I will not be angry with you forever.
13 Only acknowledge your guilt.
    Admit that you rebelled against the Lord your God
and committed adultery against him
    by worshiping idols under every green tree.
Confess that you refused to listen to my voice.
    I, the Lord, have spoken!

14 “Return home, you wayward children,”
    says the Lord,
    “for I am your master.
I will bring you back to the land of Israel
    one from this town and two from that family—
    from wherever you are scattered.
15 And I will give you shepherds after my own heart,
    who will guide you with knowledge and understanding.

O-I was pleasantly surprised to find this verse in Jeremiah because I really think it is applicable even to us today as Christians. The verse discusses God's words to the nation of Israel as their about to be sent out into exile and they are words that God is showing his love and mercy by showing them the way back to him. As Christians we have the extra benefit of having an intercessory person in Christ who helps us on that Journey back to God but the process is still the same. We must confess and admit our shortcomings you must confess and admit that some how often the Lord has already spoken to us his truth and what we are to do and many times we do not follow. And lastly I observe that God is just waiting to send us people in our lives who will Shepherd us well back to him if only we would start with repentance and turn towards him.

A-the application for me is as a Christian to develop that daily if not situational habit of recognizing when I do not have God's favor and I need to assess my own sin my own rebellion and my own areas of my life where despite God's guidance I have wondered from his ways. Recently I went through a period of great doubt and concern about how how I had wandered away from the Lord and if I could ever make it back. This verse from Jeremiah tells me there is always a way back with God we are simply to repent turn away from the things that are not of God and turn towards him and lastly wait on him patiently for he is trustworthy and able to deliver on his promises. For me that look like over a year of waiting on the Lord dealing with my sins but I can Proclaim that he has delivered me he has giving me leadership guidance and Restoration in the current season here in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

P-DEAR Heavenly Father thank you Lord for this lesson this message this reminder of Who You Are. You have laid out your Commandments you have given us your truthes and I am just too week at times to stay disciplined to them all but I am grateful for the chance to come and repent and turn back towards you. Lord I confess in the past that I had let Idols of work money house and things of this world become my God when you are my one true God. I thank you Lord for delivering me and restoring my mental emotional spiritual and physical health in the season now can I ask Lord that you would keep me close to you you would give me frequent reminders and help me to repent from the small before the Gap becomes large. I pray all this in Jesus name amen.