Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.
O - This word to Titus from Paul, is an exhortation on the youthful Christians at a local church, who are learning to walk the faith. Youthful energy and exhuberance needs to be captured and exhorted, but also focused and shaped to ensure the witness they bring about in the how they do the work of the ministry is as much a witness as their public proclamation of faith.
A - The application for me is to understand how I might partner with the youth and young adult leaders to instruct, encourage and shape them to be the leaders of God's church. Specifically for New Hope Manoa the calling to reach the young adults and youth in our community and have a growing connection and love of God.
P - Dear heavenly Father, help me to apply this scripture to my calling in this season, transfer my heart, and guide my words and actions so that I might be your hands and feet to serve the youth and young adult leaders. I pray this in Jesus Christ name, Amen.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Incline Your ear, O Lord , and answer me; For I am afflicted and needy. Preserve my soul, for I am a godly man; O You my God, save Your servant who trusts in You. Be gracious to me, O Lord, For to You I cry all day long. Make glad the soul of Your servant, For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in loving kindness to all who call upon You.
O - This is the prayer of my heart in this season I am in right now. The psalmist understands that the Lord is our salvation and refuge. He is our strong tower and capable to deliver us.
A - The application for me is to posture myself correctly and pray this prayer of contrition. Lord right now my soul is weary and desperate to be refilled. I am trying with all my last bits of energy to focus on you, your word, and the people you are calling me to. Lord thank you for your grace, and helping these waves of doubt pass, and allowing my soul to be filled with your healing and for the holy spirits guidance.
P - Dear heavenly Father, I confess I have been chasing the idol of title CAPT for the significance and security it symbolized in my life. I repent and turn toward you Lord, Give me strength and courage to follow you into this new season. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
O - Paul here is instructing Timothy who is now disciplining his own ministry in his own church on how to equip the people. First, he is to entrust the things he learned from Paul to other faithful men in the church who can teach others. These are words of equipping and words of warning. To focus on the calling and teaching God's truth to other leaders.
A - The application for me is apply this first to my family, to speak God's truth into my girls in a way that gives them a foundation for setting their own foundations for decision making. My hearts desire is to see them know God's truth, have a personal relationship with Him, follow the Holy Spirit in them. The same is for the ministry that I may participate in, that they have a knowledge of God's truth, that they know and have a personal relationship with Christ. That they are able to hear and follow the holy spirits prompting.
P - Dear heavenly Father thank you for you calling, thank you for your word. Help me Lord to apply these truths to my life. I recommitt, reconfirm Jesus you are my Lord and Savior, that I fall short and repent of my disobedience. Lord I ask that your word would become my words,and that your eyes would be my eyes, and my hands, heart, and mind would serve you.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
O - Paul's words to the church at Colossus was a word of encouragement and guidelines on how to carry out God's mission for the church. He did not say do everything in your power to build influence and take control of the circumstances so that you may be in charge and tell everyone about the good news. What he did say is to obey your masters and serve; however, the difference would be the why and for whom you serve with a willing heart. We are to work as unto the Lord.
A - The application for me is a strong reminder that I will have masters in and of this world, and I am to serve as a witness to whom we serve. When we serve with love, passion, and excellence our masters receive a spirit of service that they wouldn't from someone serving out of requirement. When we serve from a place of the love of God and the love of others, we are able to answer the question why when asked , because God saved me, through his son Jesus from the ultimate bondage, death by sin, my chains have been loosed and now I serve out of gratefullness for the freedom I have found in Christ.
P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you today for your word and your spirit. May your spirit fill me and drive out the spirit of doubt, anxiety, and depression , so that I may serve you with a cheerful heart, and glorify your name.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
S. - http://bible.com/100/1ti.3.2-9.nasb An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
O - these are the high standards of those who are called to be leaders in the church. These are not qualifications for salvation of even qualifications to be l loved and shown great compassion. The great commandment is that we love.. Our neighbor, as God loved us. These verses more apply to the great commission, to reach the world with the gospel.
A - The application for me is that strive to maintain the high standards of the being a leader in Gods church so as not to disqualify myself from a calling good has for me. The verse I must focus on is to be a man. "holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.". I cannot lose the awe of serving a God of such love, mercy, as well as power and patience.
P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus, thank you for your word today. May it be planted in my heart. I pray this in Jesus name.
Friday, June 19, 2015
S -http://bible.com/100/php.4.8-9.nasb Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
O - Paul says dwell on these things... Knowing that in the life the Philippians were experiencing there was plenty to worry about and be afraid of. By focusing on the things which are from God they would be encourage by God's presence and goodness. Their strength and courage would come from the lord, and examples of this walking in the lord s way.
A - During. This season of change and anxiousness God has been reminding me to fill myself with his word and not with responses to my fears and anxieties. I am thankful for for Paul's reminder to focus on what is pure and lovely and true. During seasons of uncertainty I entertain far too often things that don fit these categories.
I need to remember to seek to see and dwell on things that are:
Worthy of praise
P - dear heavenly Father, thank you for this time of reflecting and feeling on your word which. Is true, pure, honorable, excellent, and worthy of praise. I pray all this in Jesus name, amen.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
S -http://bible.com/100/php.3.7-9.nasb But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
O - Paul here speaks to his experience as the Pharisees and now as a apostle of Christ. A career of developing his skill and reputation as a Pharisee had to be forfeited in light of is Damascus experience with Christ. This was a major change in careers though serving the same master, the perspective is far different. Knowledge of the past wasn't forfeited by Paul, but he did forfeit his rights, by making himself a slave to the gospel.
O- I am struggling to remember I forfeited myself to Christ years ago. During this career transition, I need to look to God for the assignment. I can easily choose a more wayward path, if I don't stay connected to Christ.
P - Lord help me to seek your face, and hear your voice in this season of transition. I am praying for revelation of where you want my heart and mind focused. I pray this in Jesus name.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
S - http://bible.com/100/ecc.10.1.nasb Dead flies make a perfumer's oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.
O- this proverb basically says you can be the world's best human for 95% of the time, but when you respond or act poorly for even for a moment it carries a large weight onto your quality in the eyes of others. With God their may be grace, but in the eyes of others an offense overshadows the love you may already have deposited.
A - The application for me is to recognize that I do this frequently. I erase what deposits in the hearts I love most with harsh cutting words in moments of frustration. I need to repent when I do fall short, as well as work on not giving up on being a better representative of God's love by denying the spirit of retaliation or offense.
P - Lord I need your help. I stumble over the same issue for years, I pray you would remove this defensive and retaliatory spirit in me. I pray all this in Jesus name.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Sunday, June 14, 2015
S -http://bible.com/100/ecc.7.5-18.nasb It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools. Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself? It is good that you grasp one thing and also not let go of the other; for the one who fears God comes forth with both of them.
O- wisdom, like wealth has its limits of good. Solomon proved both in his lifetime. To seek wisdom and understanding is good, to seek excess in each will lead to a pride which changes you. Pride draws us away from our fear of the Lord.
A - application of wisdom and knowledge while maintaining a healthy fear of the Lord is essential. The pursuit of excellence and personal mastery can be used for Gods glory or my downfall. I must choose to continue to chisel away at my pride and respond with a new found, God oven humbleness and love.
P. - dear heavenly Father, thank you for your daily deposit of wisdom and truth in my life. I pray that you continue to allow me to grow in wisdom of your ways, and maintain a humbleness necessary to apply your wisdom for your glory. In Jesus name I pray.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
S - http://bible.com/100/ecc.5.1.nasb Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil.
O - this advice was literal at the time written but has relevance today. At the time their was an actual temple, and a holy of holies. Those approaching would truly offer sacrifice he's according to the law of Moses. The intent of that sacrifice was to put you to right before God, so that there could be communion. The wisdom of the proverb says he important part is that you are ready to receive confirm before the Lord, to listen, not merely offer your sacrifice and hope it is enough to have God do your will.
A - the application for me is to recognize my own service and sacrifice unto the Lord cannot be for the purposes of having him hear me o or give me the life I want. I first must present myself b the Lord and just listen. if I go into action mode without first listening mode I will be working to please the Lord but be disappointed when he does not bless all I try to do. I simply must come before the Lord and listen.
P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for the word of truth you have spoken to me. I repent for all the times I came to you wanting something but not listening. I pray all this in Jesus name.
Friday, June 12, 2015
S -http://bible.com/100/pro.29.15.nasb The rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.
O - this is a great parenting word of advice from Solomon. Or ability as parents to unconditionally love and correct or children, is for their best and our best.
A- I find this particularly applicable to me not because I am a soft dad. I know at times my children understand I have a rod, but it my times of being tired of disciplining them that I allow them to disobey our values that I both injure their future and dishonor my wife. I must seek to be consistent in love and reproof.
P - dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's word. Please help me to live your words. In Jesus name I pray.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
S -http://bible.com/100/pro.29.18-19.nasb Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law. A slave will not be instructed by words alone; For though he understands, there will be no response.
O - my observation of this scripture is that there is much behind this proverb. This is a leadership truth and yet it is a. Word to Gods leaders of his people. The lord leads with great vision, and give His vision to His people. When the last does not clearly share this vision to those being led, they work in many directions, vice aligned in direction. The leader must remember this is t is role to cast clear vision and direction. The people that choose to follow a leader enjoy being bound by a vision and structure laid by the leader. Verse 19 goes even deeper to understand that those we lead, even though fully committed as b slaves to the mission, require more than words of a vision, but require action of the leader in the direction of action. Quire simply leaders cannot cast vision and walk away, they must walk it out.
A - the application for me is both general and specific. The lord wants me to lead those he has placed in front of me well. I must cast clear vision and am responsible to lead it with my actions the whole way. At work I must let my leader know I need more than a general vision, but a clear direction and leadership by action. In the church specifically at Manoa I need to support Rod in leading Gods people with clear direction, led with purposeful and engaged action.
P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your wisdom, passed down by your servant Solomon. I pray this lesson would be deeply implanted in me so that I may lead those you put in front of me well. I pay all this in Jesus name amen.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
S -http://bible.com/100/pro.28.26-27.nasb He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered. He who gives to the poor will never want, But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.
O - I wonder if when Solomon wrote the Proverbs if proximity to the verses had any significance. At times they seem related one verse to the next, but today I made a connection that has caused me to pause and see the depth of Solomons wisdom. These verses in reverse order show us that if you give to those in need you will never want. The barrier to doing this is our own hearts which are so easily misled. Trust in wisdom and truth and the paradoxical statement, he who gives never wants.
A - the application is part of what God has asked me to do today. Start serving those in front of me, without notice and with out desire to be compensated directly or indirectly. There will be times in which my feelings or heart won't be in it, but I must just keep continuing to serve those He had placed before me.
P - dear heavenly Father thank you for today's devotion may it be sealed to my heart. Lord give me the right mind to see what you see and do what you would have me do and lead my heart back to you ways. In Jesus name I pray.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
S-http://bible.com/100/pro.19.11.nasb A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.
O - I lack discretion. Because of my lack of discretion, I all to overlook a tension and allow it to insidiously develop false truth in my heart.
A - the application is to recognize that Solomon had this wisdom which has escaped me... Until now. I must seek to have the lord discretion by slowing down my response, allowing the holy spirit to win the battle in me.
P dear heavenly Father, I am at my weakest and most vulnerable right now, help me to break through. I need you. lord show me your view of circumstances, show me your heart to love those you have placed in front of me.
Friday, June 5, 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
O - Solomon really understood the folly of men, and in his wisdom wrote these reminders to us that we might give pause in the moment we begin to exalt ourselves and become prideful. This can be with respect to both men and God. We are to continue to serve and develop ourselves and when in the presence of the king, or the king of kings we are to humble ourselves and allow the leader of our life and the Leader of our soul to exalt us.
A - The application for me today is to recognize that I struggle in the presence of the king, and I am not trusting my promotion from the Lord. I am called to be a Timothy, a man of legendary companionship and faithfulness to the leaders I serve. This causes tension in me when I think I deserve more title or influence or recognition. I am reminded today to continue to serve those leaders God places in my life. I am to seek God and where I am to serve, to trust in this placement, and to rejoice in my unique calling to serve leaders. I am not to seek to stand in the great men I see around me,but rather serve them.
P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your direction and your affirmation in me of my calling. I pray you help me change my attitude and anxiousness toward circumstances where I feel undervalued and unmotivated. I desperately want to move toward your best in my life, and live in the peace of serving others exactly where you want me to be. I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.
Monday, June 1, 2015
O - Solomon spoke from wisdom and experience his proverbs. God granted him wisdom without experience as he put him on the throne. As God asked Solomon what he wanted most, he asked for wisdom and discernment to lead the nation; and God granted it to him, along with peace and prosperity. I suspect as Solomon ruled, he faced many people in his service, in his opposition, or seeking his judgement or guidance and in this he saw men you faced the consequences of their anger. His solution for people is to always be willing to accept discipline and wise counsel.
A - The application for me is critical in the season I am. Despite rest, I find myself still emotional unstable and willing to over react in circumstances. I find myself in my own head too long, and the next thing I know I snap and unleash word of anger and condemnation. I can see this pattern over my life. I know God's word has truth as to how man should tame the tongue and temper anger. I need to seek wise counsel, and receive discipline and correction when it comes.
P - Dear heavenly Father, help me to control my anger, I so desire to represent your love, and lead your people well. The stumbling block of my anger feels like a thorn, and if you are willing I would pray you remove it from me; however, your will be done through my life. In Jesus name I pray.