Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My prayer in trials

S- Psalm 69NIV

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of David.

Save me, O God,
    for the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in the miry depths,
    where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
    the floods engulf me.
I am worn out calling for help;
    my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
    looking for my God.
Those who hate me without reason
    outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,
    those who seek to destroy me.
I am forced to restore
    what I did not steal.
You, God, know my folly;
    my guilt is not hidden from you.
Lord, the Lord Almighty,
    may those who hope in you
    not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel,
    may those who seek you
    not be put to shame because of me.
For I endure scorn for your sake,
    and shame covers my face.
I am a foreigner to my own family,
    a stranger to my own mother’s children;
for zeal for your house consumes me,
    and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.
10 When I weep and fast,
    I must endure scorn;
11 when I put on sackcloth,
    people make sport of me.
12 Those who sit at the gate mock me,
    and I am the song of the drunkards.
13 But I pray to you, Lord,
    in the time of your favor;
in your great love, O God,
    answer me with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mire,
    do not let me sink;
deliver me from those who hate me,
    from the deep waters.
15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me
    or the depths swallow me up
    or the pit close its mouth over me.
16 Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love;
    in your great mercy turn to me.
17 Do not hide your face from your servant;
    answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.
18 Come near and rescue me;
    deliver me because of my foes.
19 You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed;
    all my enemies are before you.
20 Scorn has broken my heart
    and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
    for comforters, but I found none.
21 They put gall in my food
    and gave me vinegar for my thirst.
22 May the table set before them become a snare;
    may it become retribution and[b] a trap.
23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
    and their backs be bent forever.
24 Pour out your wrath on them;
    let your fierce anger overtake them.
25 May their place be deserted;
    let there be no one to dwell in their tents.
26 For they persecute those you wound
    and talk about the pain of those you hurt.
27 Charge them with crime upon crime;
    do not let them share in your salvation.
28 May they be blotted out of the book of life
    and not be listed with the righteous.
29 But as for me, afflicted and in pain—
    may your salvation, God, protect me.
30 I will praise God’s name in song
    and glorify him with thanksgiving.
31 This will please the Lord more than an ox,
    more than a bull with its horns and hooves.
32 The poor will see and be glad
    you who seek God, may your hearts live!
33 The Lord hears the needy
    and does not despise his captive people.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him,
    the seas and all that move in them,
35 for God will save Zion
    and rebuild the cities of Judah.
Then people will settle there and possess it;
36     the children of his servants will inherit it,
    and those who love his name will dwell there.

Monday, March 19, 2018

The nature of true Apostleship

Nature of true Apostleship 
The Nature of True Apostleship
4 This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants(A) of Christ and as those entrusted(B) with the mysteries(C) God has revealed.   2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.   3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.   4 My conscience(A) is clear, but that does not make me innocent.(B) It is the Lord who judges me.(C)   5 Therefore judge nothing(A) before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes.(B) He will bring to light(C) what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.(D) 

O - Paul here is describing clearly what it means to be an Apostle of Christ.   It serves as an example to all of though, that we ought to understand that we have given our life’s to Christ, and that means giving up all of our self-rights, in favor of being a servant of Christ.  Paul points out where his confidence comes from, and that is that God has chosen him, and revealed the mysteries of the faith, and since he was entrusted him must prove trustworthy to God, and his faith must prove true.    It is from this proven faith and knowledge of who Christ is, that Paul is able to set aside himself,  and no longer worry about who is judging him, or even judging himself.    He also explains it is not His place to judge, but simply wait on the Lord. 

A - The application for me is to strive to be like Paul, whose confidence come from being disciple of Christ.  Christ has set me free,  lives in me, and is helping me step by step,  yet I still lack the faith that Paul had.  I lake the trust in Christ, as is evident by my moments of fear and anxiety and lack of confidence.   I need to believe what God has promised and delivered, that He has a plan for me.  I am chosen, and called, and need to walk in the shadow of His lordship.   That alone should be my confidence.  Not in my own ability or talent, or position but rather in the fact He is with me.  

P - Dear Heavenly Father,  thank you for this opportunity to serve you.  I am so thankful for your salvation,  for you living in my heart, and for your love and grace.  Lord I need help though getting over myself,  walking in fear,  reacting in anger,  and making it about me and not about you, and those you are trying to reach with your message of love and grace.   I pray Lord you would heal whatever hurt/scar that is preventing me from following you in all my leadership opportunities at work.  

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Fear not evil wrongdoers

Fear not those who are evil and wrongdoers

S - Psalm 37 NASB

1 ¶ A Psalm of David. Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
2 For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and [fn]cultivate faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday.
7 ¶ [fn]Rest in the LORD and wait [fn]patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9 For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.
10 Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more; And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there.
11 But the humble will inherit the land And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
12 ¶ The wicked plots against the righteous And gnashes at him with his teeth.
13 The Lord laughs at him, For He sees his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow To cast down the afflicted and the needy, To slay those who are upright in conduct.
15 Their sword will enter their own heart, And their bows will be broken.
16 ¶ Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked will be broken, But the LORD sustains the righteous.
18 The LORD knows the days of the [fn]blameless, And their inheritance will be forever.
19 They will not be ashamed in the time of evil, And in the days of famine they will have abundance.
20 But the wicked will perish; And the enemies of the LORD will be like the [fn]glory of the pastures, They vanish—like smoke they vanish away.
21 The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and gives.
22 For those blessed by Him will inherit the land, But those cursed by Him will be cut off.
23 ¶ The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way.
24 When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One [fn]who holds his hand.
25 I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his [fn]descendants begging bread.
26 All day long he is gracious and lends, And his [fn]descendants are a blessing.
27 ¶ Depart from evil and do good, [fn]So you will abide forever.
28 For the LORD loves [fn]justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever, But the [fn]descendants of the wicked will be cut off.
29 The righteous will inherit the land And dwell in it forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; His steps do not slip.
32 The wicked spies upon the righteous And seeks to kill him.
33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand Or let him be condemned when he is judged.
34 Wait for the LORD and keep His way, And He will exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
35 ¶ I have seen a wicked, violent man Spreading himself like a luxuriant [fn]tree in its native soil.
36 Then [fn]he passed away, and lo, he was no more; I sought for him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the [fn]blameless man, and behold the upright; For the man of peace will have a [fn]posterity.
38 But transgressors will be altogether destroyed; The [fn]posterity of the wicked will be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble.
40 The LORD helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, Because they take refuge in Him.

O - I am not exactly sure on what occasion David wrote this, but it appears to be later in his life, after experience many different trials, and had seen many victories of the righteous, and His God leading all the victories.   David shows that there are clearly a separation between those who love and serve God, and those who love themselves and serve themselves.  There is even those who are just plain evil who serve other gods or reject the one true God overtly.    

A - The application for me is to take comfort and be encourage by the God I serve.  I know that He has plans for me , plans my future and to give me a hope.   I am facing adversity in this season like I have never faced, and I am thankful for His provision and protection.   I have a path before me which some call narrow, but I understand now it does not seem narrow to the Lord, and if I will walk with Him, this path is the one that will glorify what He can do with a flawed individual like me.  

P -  Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for today’s lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.  I pray Lord that you would allow me to fulfill you mission for my life, and I would do so in a way that glorifies you,  and allows me to show your love to those I lead.  I pray all this in Jesus Christ name, Amen.