Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Following God

 Following God
S- Num 9 NIV
The Cloud Above the Tabernacle
15 On the day the tabernacle, the tent of the covenant law,was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire.16 That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire.17 Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out;wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. 18 At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp.   19 When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s order and did not set out. 20 Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the Lord’s command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out.   21 Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out.   22 Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out.   23 At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses. 

O - what a visual example the cloud and fire over the tabernacle gives this, of how God lead, and how his people followed him. The picture Given, what is their reality how they knew God was with them, I. E. They physically could see his presence over-the-tent. And they knew when to move when the cloud lifted and moved, in the new went to settle, when the clouds settled on the tabernacle.

A- The applications for me is to recognize I won’t have a physical representation of God‘s presence in the leadership of my life. However it makes it no less true that  God is with me. In the old testament Israelites needed this cloud and pillar of fire so they would follow. God knew even despite their experiencing being set free from slavery through many miracles, the people were still too immature to follow him all the days. Well today I have the benefit of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior to in sure I know who it is that I am; that I simply seek with the Holy Spirit is doing in me, follow Jesus where he is leading me, and put my trusting God knows the best way for me.


P - dear heavenly father, thank you for this word, may it be sealed to my heart. Lord I repent for all the times that I have not followed you, when your Holy Spirit was prompting me, when I forgot who I was, And sought out my own ways.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A heart after God’s own heart

 Heart after God’s own heart
S -Psalm 23 (NIV)

A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd,
I lack nothing.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3     he refreshes my soul.  
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,  they comfort me.   
5 You prepare a tablebefore me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.   
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord    forever. 

O -  David’s poem is one of the most know for a reason.  It cuts to the core of who God is and who we ought to be.     David,  a man after God’s heart shows that we are to position ourselves - heart, mind, and soul in this same way with regard to God. 

A - The application for me is to recognize I can have the same attitude as David, because I believe everything he writes about who God is , and what he does.   He is my Shepherd, and has shepherded me through life even before I knew him.    He has laid me down in green pastures, and led me beside quiet waters to rest and rejuvenate following tough seasons.  He has guided me through the darkest valley’s and never forsaken me.   He has put me before my enemies and provide a way.   He has given me the mantle of leadership at home, at work, and at times in the church.    I have confidence that God will always be with me all of my days, and then forever in eternity.


P - Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for today’s lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.  I  am so grateful for your grace, sacrifice and love and look forward to our walk together into eternity.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Prayer for Protection, Provision, and Pardon



Psalm 25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Prayer for Protection, Guidance and Pardon.

A Psalm of David. 

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in You I trust,
Do not let me be ashamed;
Do not let my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
[a]Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.
Make me know Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.
Remember, O Lord, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they have been [b]from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
According to Your lovingkindness remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.
Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the [c]humble in justice,
And He teaches the [d]humble His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth
To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For Your name’s sake, O Lord,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
13 His soul will abide in [e]prosperity,
And his [f]descendants will inherit the [g]land.
14 The [h]secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
[i]And He will make them know His covenant.
15 My eyes are continually toward the Lord,
For He will [j]pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
For I am lonely and afflicted.
17 [k]The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses.
18 Look upon my affliction and my [l]trouble,
And forgive all my sins.
19 Look upon my enemies, for they are many,
And they hate me with violent hatred.
20 Guard my soul and deliver me;
Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
For I wait for You.
22 Redeem Israel, O God,
Out of all his troubles.



Tuesday, February 6, 2018

What if I gave everything?

S - What if I gave everything - Casting Crowns

All my life I longed to be a hero
My sword raised high, running to the battle
I was going to take giants down
Be a man you would write about
Deep in my chest is the heart of a warrior

So why am I still standing here
Why am I still holding back from You
I hear You call me out into deeper waters
But I settle on the shallow end
So why am I still standing here

So afraid what it might cost to follow You
I’d walk by faith if I could get these feet to move
But I don’t want to live that way
I don’t want to look back someday
On a life that never stepped across the line

So why am I still standing here
Why am I still holding back from You
You’ve given me a faith that can move a mountain
But I’m still playing in the sand
Building little kingdoms that’ll never stand
I hear You call me out into deeper waters
But I settle on the shallow end

I’m so tired of standing here
What if I gave everything to You

What if I gave everything
What if I stopped holding back from You
Starting now I’m stepping out onto deeper waters
What if I gave everything
What if I stopped holding back from You
Starting now I’m stepping out onto deeper waters
I want to see some mountains move

Ready to give everything
Say goodbye to standing here


O -  This Casting Crowns song spoke to me this morning.  It reminded me of the hero's of legendary faith in the bible like David, Moses, Abraham, Joshua,  Paul - who stepped out boldly and served God.   I can imagine they went through a similar conversation with God as these lyrics represent.   As they were being prepared to serve a part in God's plan for His people, they certainly faced self doubt, self deception, and at times even false sense of self worth. 

A - The application for me is the title of the song.  What if I gave everything.  I find myself asking myself this question because I know I have given my heart to Jesus,  but the question still remains why am I holding back all of me.  I know the answer to that question lies in an underlying fear of losing other parts of me that I have built up without God's help necessarily.   The treasures of security in my job and paycheck from the Navy,  the Castle of my house in Hawaii,  the entitlement of my position as Operations officer at a large Naval Shipyard.   The application remains to lay it all down before the Lord as an offering. None of what I have achieved has come from me but rather through the gifts and talents God has gifted me with, the provision He has provided, and the grace over my mistakes and missteps.  

P - Dear Heavenly Father, I come this morning humbled by what you have done in my life, how you are able to use all of me, in all my weaknesses for your purpose.  My prayer is that you would help me lay it all down before you and give you everything,  all of me and all I have, for all of you.  I pray all this in Jesus Christ name, Amen. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

"Believer" - Imagine Dragons

Believer

Imagine Dragons



[Verse 1]
First things first
I'ma say all the words inside my head
I'm fired up and tired of the way that things have been, oh-ooh
The way that things have been, oh-ooh

Second things second
Don't you tell me what you think that I could be
I'm the one at the sail, I'm the master of my sea, oh-ooh
The master of my sea, oh-ooh


[Pre-Chorus]
I was broken from a young age
Taking my sulking to the masses
Writing my poems for the few
That look to me, took to me, shook to me, feeling me

Singing from heartache from the pain
Taking my message from the veins
Speaking my lesson from the brain
Seeing the beauty through the...


[Chorus]
Pain!
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer
Pain!
You break me down and build me up, believer, believer
Pain!
Oh let the bullets fly, oh let them rain
My life, my love, my drive, it came from...
Pain!
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer




A -  God often redeems the pain in our lives for his Glory.   Reminder that God works everything for His good, for those who trust Him!

The Truth of the Character of God

The Truth of Gods Character

S - Psalm 19 NASB

1The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. 2Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge. 3There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard. 4Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun, 5Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course. 6Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
 7The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. 10They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. 11Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward. 12Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. 13Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression. 14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

O - There is not much nuance to observe here, this word is direct and in need of no interpretation or context. This is a a timeless simply stated facts about the truth of who God is. 

A - The application for me is to take this TRUTH bomb and let it be implanted into my heart and mind so that it might “grant me peace beyond understanding, and guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

P - Dear Heavenly Father this is my prayer, that your word and your truth would become so real and so apart of how I think and believe,  that it would guard my heart and mind against the enemy of my soul, and the distractions that are in this world.  I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Whatever takes


Falling too fast to prepare for this
Tripping in the world could be dangerous
Everybody circling, it's vulturous
Negative, nepotist

Everybody waiting for the fall of man
Everybody praying for the end of times
Everybody hoping they could be the one
I was born to run, I was born for this

Whip, whip
Run me like a racehorse
Pull me like a ripcord
Break me down and build me up
I wanna be the slip, slip
Word upon your lip, lip
Letter that you rip, rip
Break me down and build me up

Whatever it takes
'Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
'Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
You take me to the top I'm ready for
Whatever it takes
'Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes

Always had a fear of being typical
Looking at my body feeling miserable
Always hanging on to the visual
I wanna be invisible

Looking at my years like a martyrdom
Everybody needs to be a part of 'em
Never be enough, I'm the prodigal son
I was born to run, I was born for this

Whip, whip
Run me like a racehorse
Pull me like a ripcord
Break me down and build me up
I wanna be the slip, slip
Word upon your lip, lip
Letter that you rip, rip
Break me down and build me up

Whatever it takes
'Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
'Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
You take me to the top, I'm ready for
Whatever it takes
'Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes

Hypocritical, egotistical
Don't wanna be the parenthetical, hypothetical
Working onto something that I'm proud of, out of the box
An epoxy to the world and the vision we've lost
I'm an apostrophe
I'm just a symbol to remind you that there's more to see
I'm just a product of the system, a catastrophe
And yet a masterpiece, and yet I'm half-diseased
And when I am deceased
At least I go down to the grave and die happily
Leave the body of my soul to be a part of me
I do what it takes

Whatever it takes
'Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
'Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
You take me to the top, I'm ready for
Whatever it takes
'Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes
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