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
S-JOHN 13
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.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Good Shepherd and His Sheep


S John 7
 Good Shepherd and His Sheep

10 “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! 2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”

6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, 7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before mea]"] were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

O-every time I read this I am always get it wrong I think Jesus is the GateKeeper because that is who has to discern who are robbers and thieves. Or I think he is the shepherd who goes to the gate and asks the gatekeeper to let him in. But this time around I'm starting to see in this parable Jesus truly is saying he is the gate that no one enters the kingdom of God except through him. And because he is God he knows who is Faking It and who is not. The robbers and thieves he speaks of here are the leaders of Israel the Pharisees and the Sadducees. He says the true sheep do not listen to them but wait for the true Shepherd. He is the true Shepherd and the gate, now when people come to him they know his voice those who are called by God respond and he shows them the way.

A- the application for me if is not exactly simple but it is simplistic in nature. God is calling people to him and Jesus is the way. Now I may not be able two let people in the kingdom of God but I can leave them to the one who is the way. The second thing I must understand is that it is God who was calling them whose voice they need to know otherwise they are still just lost sheep looking for a good shepherd. In this world today there are many false Shepherds in which in which people are seeking someone to follow but Chase many false profits four Idols such as money wealth Fame recognition. So the application for me is to share what I know of the father to pray for people that God would call them to him to leave them to the truth and understanding of Jesus Christ and help them find the way.

P-DEAR heavenly father thank you for today's message you always come through and I trust in you. Today's message helps me understand who you are and who Jesus is better Lord help me to use this knowledge and understanding to leave the lost children that you are calling back to you to Jesus help me lower first and foremost with my own children I pray for Ashley and Chloe that they would get to know you more and everything they do Lord and that they would know your voice and they would come to the feet of Jesus and he would show them the way.

Monday, August 7, 2017

God's perspective is always better than ours

God's perspective is always better than ours
S  -john 9

1 As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 

O- These are the words of Jesus after he healed a man who was blind from birth. His disciples wanted to know what sin caused the blindness. His answer is a revealing one and shows our perspective versus God's perspective on many things. First our perspective is often what did I do wrong or what did they do wrong that they are receiving this punishment. God sees what he's about to do and the good works he in store and even the worst of circumstances. We know he is able to work all things for his good through Christ Jesus.

A-. The application for me is to reflect on Seasons past in my own life where I thought Lord show me my sin that I might have this pain or trial removed from me. But it is now that I understand that our pain is just waiting for God's perfect plan to redeem and glorify his name. That does not mean that God is a masochist who likes to see his people in pain, it only means that his perspective is greater than ours because he knows the future and a hope for his people. We have been reading quite a bit about the Israelites before they were sent to Exile in Babylon. There was great pain and gnashing of teeth, and even great sin, yet we look at the glory that came out of this exile return and eventually the birth of the Christ.

P-dear heavenly father thank you Lord for his passage out of John thank you for your reminder of your future and a hope for me for my family, and for the world. Lord I pray that you would open my eyes to see the challenges that lie ahead and and the ability to walk in peace and joy through the seasons that both challenge me and glorify you , I pray this in Jesus Christ name amen.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

God Alone a Refuge from Treachery and Oppression.

God Alone a Refuge from Treachery and Oppression.

S -psalm 62
For the choir director; according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
1 My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation.
2 He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.
3 How long will you assail a man, That you may murder him, all of you, Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?
4 They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position; They delight in falsehood; They bless with their mouth, But inwardly they curse. Selah.
5 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God my salvation and my glory rest;The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.
9 Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath.
10 Do not trust in oppression And do not vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.
11 Once God has spoken; Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God;
12 And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord, For You recompense a man according to his work. 

O-  this song is a stream of wisdom that is helpful in understanding different seasons in our walk. In this case we see a song from David from a leader who is giving advice from many people of which all that's not wise advice. So David helps us understand the wisdom in putting our trust in God and waiting on him. 

A- The application for me is to understand that during times of great influence I must be careful not to put my trust in myself or the advice that surrounds me slowly. In there is a need for discernment  and deference to God.  This can be especially true and essential during times of trials where in voices and directions externally and internally begin to get confusing.  Seeking to find a place where you can sense the peace of God and hear his voice is the application I would take from today's devotion. 

P-  dear heavenly father thank you for today's devotion me and be sealed to my heart. Lord I pray that you would give me the same discernment and clarity that I am hearing your voice today in times of trials. I pray that as I make decisions and I listen to it advice from others that he would be filtered through your Holy Spirit  and that you would help me make wise decisions. I pray this in Jesus Christ name amen. 



A lesson in patient endurance

A lesson in patient endurance

S -Habukka 2
1
I will climb up to my watchtower
    and stand at my guardpost.
There I will wait to see what the Lord says
    and how he  will answer my complaint.

O- this is habakkuk observation after he puts his requests to God about why God is allowing so many bad things to happen to his people and supporting and the Babylonians in there less than holy Pursuit. Habakkuk boldly ask God to answer his question hand in Chapter 2 here we see his posture was not on of arrogance but one of patience. He said he would stand and wait stand guard and not make him move in till he Lord give him an answer he can act on.

A-. Are two-faced a dark season where I wondered what God was doing as so many things around me seemed not too good. I still sought-after God but can honestly confess I was not as faithful of watch danger as habakkuk. I am encouraged by have a Cook's words though in the future to continue to bring my request to God but to stand strong and tall in the guard posts God has placed me and work on my patient endurance while I wait for his reply.

P-dear Emily father thank you for being before during and after my problems. Thank you for habakkuk is example of what a faithful watch stander in Your Kingdom looks like. I pray Lord in the future that you would help me to grow my patience and my endurance in a manner that honors you so that when I face seasons of waiting and seasons of trial I might glorify you and how I react. I pray all this in Jesus name amen.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Knowing the truth and voice of God

Knowing the truth and voice of God
S-John 7
Then, midway through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach. 15 The people were surprised when they heard him. “How does he know so much when he hasn’t been trained?” they asked.

16 So Jesus told them, “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. 17 Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own. 18 Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies. 19 Moses gave you the law, but none of you obeys it! In fact, you are trying to kill me.

O- the scripture that Jesus is speaking about that the people did not follow was the law. Now we see the people questioning if Jesus who is bringing directly the truth from God to them still do not believe we can understand how God loving fearing and seeking people will know God's message when they hear it. The barriers to being able to receive God's word are often the sins in our own lives, the distractions in this world and our own worries and concerns. When we are focused on listening for God and honoring God in what we do his word becomes clear to us.

A- the application for me is to understand and reflect on the previous dry season I spent both struggling to hear God's voice yet Desperately Seeking him. I can recognize only now that it was my distraction by things of this world, the battle in my mind with sinful thoughts, and anxieties and worries that came from wanting the world to accept me and not being satisfied that God loves and accepts me. The application for me today is to spend my daily time examining my environment my thoughts and my motives confessing and repenting anything that isn't pointed to God and more importantly everything that is pointing away from God. I need to ensure I am grounded in this truth so that as I face the challenges ahead I can't endure and even more so Thrive because I know I am seeking God hearing God and most importantly serving him in all that I do.

P- dear heavenly father thank you for today's devotion may it be sealed to my heart. I pray Lord that you would reveal in me any on pure thoughts that remain that you would show me what Idols are navy chasing and Lord any sins I need to repent. I confess Lord it did not do so well in the last season to resist sinful thoughts and trust in you and look to honor and glorify you in what I was doing. Thank you for your grace for your provision and for the future that you have planned for me, I pray this in Jesus name amen.




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Working where the Father is

Working where the Father is
S - John 5

19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater work.

O -  The observation is that Jesus once again modeled how we are to live.  It seemed to foreign to the pharisees to see how Jesus operated with God the Father as His guide.    We are to do the same .  To live our lives looking for where the Father is, and what He is doing.

A - The application is to walk each day looking for what the Father is doing, to seek in in what part I should play and walk in confidence and peace knowing I am a part of what God is doing.

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for todays lesson, may it be sealed to my heart , amen 
Be refresjed with Gods living water

 S - John 4
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 She *said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? 12You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” 13Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

O-  this is a passage where Jesus is talking to the woman at the well. He is exemplifying two things here  as he talks to this Samaritan woman. First that he is the living water I will quench are an Indian thirst and that he is here to save all of the man by his example of talking to the Samaritan woman and offering her living water voice only speaking to the Jews. This is the same for all of those that card wishes to save. We cannot save ourselves we can find temporary means to quench our thirst but it will always return. Jesus offers  A burden that is light and a life filled with peace even amongst the desert his water is truly living water. 

A-  The application for me is to recognize that I need to continue to drink from the living water not just the water this world offers me. Life is full of joys and challenges and when those challenges come wider of this world is not enough.  I am reminded that it is Jesus do I need to stay close to it is God's word that I need to continue to feel myself with as with the Holy Spirit that I have hope in desert seasons. 

P dear heavenly father I thank you for today's Scripture and message may be sealed to my heart. I pray Lord that you were just continue to fill me with your living water in the season I am so grateful to feel like my thirst has been quenched to understand it is you that has done this and I just asked that you would continue to feel me so that my might overflow with your love and peace on to my family and friends and coworkers. I pray this in Jesus name amen

Sunday, July 30, 2017

God's enduring love

Enduring love
S - Isaiah 62

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.

 Isa 62:2

The nations shall see your righteousness,
and all the kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the LORD will give.

 Isa 62:3

You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

 Isa 62:4

You shall no more be termed Forsaken,[fn]
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,[fn]
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,[fn]
and your land Married;[fn]
for the LORD delights in you,
and your land shall be married.

 Isa 62:5

For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.

O- this reminds me of how God feels about me following the season I've walked. This comes at a time when Israel has then exiled to Babylon. It was a time of Greek trial and a test of the people of Israel. But God was always their lord and savior. His love never failed and he never turned away from them.

A- the application for me is to Simply experience that same unconditional love and mercy from God In My Season. Despite the tough season and whatever doubts that created in me, God never lost sight of me. His love endures forever and I am thankful how much he loves his people. The application for me is 2 Rejoice now and to remember in the future especially during times of Trials of who God is and how much he loves us.

P- dear heavenly father thank you for today's lesson may it be sealed to my heart. Lord I pray you help me to fully experience the fullness of Your Love for me. In Jesus name I pray amen.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Avoiding those who would lure you back to sin

Avoiding those who would lure you back to sin

S- 2Peter 2

They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception. 19 They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. 20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.] And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”

O-  Peter is speaking here of false prophets or people who will act like your friends , even act like Christians and then lead you away from God's ways.   Peter is telling us that as believers we have received great joy through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior ,  but that we are susceptible to being led a stray and therefore ought to be on guard for those that would lead us away froom our new found life in Christ.

A - The application for me is not to avoid sinful people,  God still wants to reach them and show them His love and mercy,  but in living in the world not to join those in their sin and wandering away from God's ways.   It a fair warning because we all like to be liked and when integrating into a new community like I am now,  I must be careful in my joining into a shipyard or navy culture where sin at some level is acceptable.  In the recent past I think this was more of an internal battle with powers and principalities in the spiritual real challenging me to give up my new way of living and go back to the old.  I perserverved and endured through that season but not with out scars and exhaustion.  Peters warning to me today is to avoid it all together.

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.   I pray Lord that you would help me to see what you see in people and circumstances,  to avoid the sin, and love the sinner,  help guard my heart and mind from any tempation to go back to my old ways.  In Jesus Christ I pray,  Amen.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The most effective habit - Growing your faith

The most effective habit - Growing your faith

S- 2 Peter 1
2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.

Growing in Faith

3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

10 So, dear brothers and sisters,work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. 11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

O-  This is such a great revelation for me this morning.  Up until now I have had this 2 peter chapter as something I have been studying , meditationg and journaling on as a study of habits of highly effective Christians.   Today I recognize it as not many habits but one.   Grow your faith and God will give you more grace and peace which is the personal victory.   Verses 5-8 simply point out how to grow your faith all for the purpose of becoming more  productive and useful in the kingdom of god.

A -  The applicatin for me is again simple, because it is all encoming  in this chapter,  grow my faith, by striving for moral excellence,  growing in knowledge, mastering self control,   building patient endurance,  and becoming more godly.   With all of that I am to practice loving other Christians,  and learning to love all like Christ.

P - Dear heavenly Father,  thank you for what You have shown me through this scripture,  I pray you would help me to continue to grow my faith, and grow more into the man you are calling me to be.  I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Humble servant leader

Humbe servant leader

S -1 Peter 5
5 In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for

“God opposes the proud
    but gives grace to the humble.”

6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

O -   Sometime the words in the scripture are more than enough to descibe exactly what I need to know,  God opposess the proud, and gives grace to the humble,  just give your worries and cares to God,  for He cares for  you.

A -  I must continue to grow in the direction of living this out , a life of a humble servant, and servant leader,  who gives all I have to serve God and serve others.   I must only give my cares and worries over to Him whenever they get in the way of my ability to do either  one.

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.  I am thankful Lord for this day you have given me, for you have taken all my cares and worries away,   I ask that you show me how I might serve you today, and how I might show your love to others who you have given me to work with.  I pray this in Jesus name, Amen. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Living for God and suffering for being a Christian

Living for God and suffering for being a Christian

S -1 Peter 4
4 So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. 2 You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. 3 You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.
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Suffering for Being a Christian

12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.

O -  What freedom we have in Christ,  freedom from the weight and consequences of sin.   We often are encouraged by this but forget the whole package deal -  we are now partners with Christ and shouldn't be surprised when we still face trials and suffering.  Christ was free from sin, and one with the Father and yet he faced trial and suffering and so will we.  Instead of being depressed by this we should understand the partners we are in our shared suffering knowing in the end He has made it through and won the victory. 

A -  The application for me is to look back at the season I just went to and realize , Christ faced similar suffering and trials.   First my experience was like the 40 day and nights that Christ went into the desert, fasted and was tempted by the devil.  I too faced a similar internal suffering and faced many tempations and battles in my mind, and for my soul.   Later Christ faced great internal strife as he faced the cross and the feeling even of abandoment by God.    I feel I faced a similar crisis of faith where I wondered if  God abandonded me or somehow was irrellevant in relief of my suffering.    But in the end I feel great peace and joy as the I once again feel the presence of God, the guidance of the Holy spirit and the favor of my Father in Heaven. 

P - Dear heavenly Father thank you for word today, may it be sealed to my heart.  I first off want to thank you for your promises shown true in my life through a season of trial and suffering.  Second I would ask Lord that you help me to be like Paul who learns to be satisfied in all things both times of plenty and times of few, times of great peace and times of great turmoil and yes even suffering.   I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Trust in the Lord

TRUST IN THE LORD
S -isaiah 40
“Shout that people are like the grass.
    Their beauty fades as quickly
    as the flowers in a field.
7 The grass withers and the flowers fade
    beneath the breath of the Lord.
    And so it is with people.
8 The grass withers and the flowers fade,
    but the word of our God stands forever.”
...

Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.

O -  The Lord our God is beyond our ability to imagine all that is and does, and can do.   This is why we celebrate His glory because first off He deserves it, but second off we need to remind ourselves who is on our side, who is for us.   Our lives are subject to time and the elements, we get to enjoy this life but the elements will have its affect on our physical lives,  but the one thing ever stable and never changing is the word of God.   Not only is His word trustworthy, we have a God that enduring and powerful,  and gives help to us who are exhausted and weary.    With Him we can run and not grow weary.

A -  I am reminded today that scripture can serve so many needs in my life, one is often correction and direction giving me guidance on where I need to go and how I need to change.   Another is exampled in today's verses from Isaiah,  to remind us of the greatness of our God,   the kindness and everlasting love and gentleness He can provided.  My application then is just to be reminded who is on my side, and what that means to my worry and my exhaustion.

P - Dear Heavenly Father,  thank you for today's lesson may it be sealed to my heart.  I pray Lord that your spirit would ever refresh and remind me of who you are, and that Lord you would help me run and not grow weary, and walk and not faint.  I want to soar on wings of eagles as I serve you in this place.  I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Living members of God's church

Living members of God's church
S-1 Peter 2
5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. 6 As the Scriptures say,

“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem,
    chosen for great honor,
and anyone who trusts in him
    will never be disgraced.”
Once you had no identity as a people;
    now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
    now you have received God’s mercy.
11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

O -  My only observation is how comforting this passage really is to me, that  God chose to create the new temple with us as His living stones, and Jesus as the Cornerstone.    We are to be seen to the world as God's church, and we interact with those who don't know him to be intermediaries between God and man.    We have been made residents of God's Kingdom and are now temporary residents of this world, and as such we should no longer live pleasing the worldly desires but those which are kingdom building.

A - The application for me is to recognize I am a new creation and a temporary resident here.  I have a purpose and a calling to represent the Church and Christ in all that I do.  To intercede for those that do not yet know God and to share a clear picture of his love, mercy, and kingdom.  

P -  Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this mornings lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.    I pray Lord that you  show me where I am to work in this season ahead to represent you and share your love and mercy with others.   I pray all this in Jesus,   name,  Amen.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The joy we have to look forward to

The joy we have to look forward to
S 1 Peter
6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
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13 So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.

O - The scripture seems to be a lovely exhortation to the life of good christian living and what to expect and how to thrive.    Peter speaks to the people who now know the joy of salvation but will face trials ahead which will test and strengthen their faith.

A-  Peter also leaves us advice on preparing our minds and exercising self control to endure the trials ahead.   I am to live as obedient child to God's direction and will for my live,  in an effort to please God, and not fall back to satisfying my own desires.  

P - Lord my prayer is that you would help me build on the foundation of faith  you have given me through enduring trials and waiting patiently on the Lord.  Help me to restore and refresh my marriage, and relationships that lapsed during this past trials,  and help me live with a renewed spirit of joy and peace over your hand on my life.  I pray all of this in Jesus name, Amen.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Guard against pride, givening all the Glory to God

Guard against pride, givening all the Glory to God
S-2 Chronicles 32
24 About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill. He prayed to the Lord, who healed him and gave him a miraculous sign. 25 But Hezekiah did not respond appropriately to the kindness shown him, and he became proud. So the Lord’s anger came against him and against Judah and Jerusalem. 26 Then Hezekiah humbled himself and repented of his pride, as did the people of Jerusalem. So the Lord’s anger did not fall on them during Hezekiah’s lifetime.

O-  Here we see Hezekiah a King that was favored by the Lord and was trying to do things right to lead God's people who becomes ill , prays to the Lord and is healed.   BUT .... he didn't respond correctly most likely a prideful act that did not give God the glory for his healing.   As a result God responded by coming against him, after which the King had to repent and was humbled.    Thankfully Hezekiah had a good relationship with God,  he both healed him and corrected Him,  this is our God willing to help us, but also like a good Father, will correct us.

A - THe application for me is to recognize that the Lord has healed me and help me through my last season.   I need to be sure I give Him all the glory for what has been done in my life.   I also need to keep my pride in check, because I am no better than Hezekiah, in that when I am weak I cry out and wait on the Lord to deliver me, but when I become healthy and strong I begin reaching beyond God's plan, and begin transferring confidence in my success from Him to me.   I must guard my heart and mind from pride and maintain a humble spirit.   I can do this if I daily stay close to Him,  seek His guidance in both pray and devotions, and  proclaim His goodness to all who are in my life.

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's devotion may it be sealed to my heart.   Lord I know I am susceptible to pride, help me to experience the joy and peace of being in your will and walking with you,  while protecting my heart from the lie of pride in myself that is just waiting to be fed.    I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Start humble and with the right motives

Start humble and with the right motives
S-James 4
You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

God opposes the proud
    but gives grace to the humble.

O-  I believe this word from James is designed for me to understand that as He previously spoke Faith is the foundation of living a life with and for God.    Once you begin to live a life of faith though you are susectible to a life which is doing just good enough or just bad enough that you think you need to do something on your own.  Your desires take over and you no longer want what you need to live abundantly with God,  but begin to covet what others have, and because you think it will make you happy.   Wanting what others have, or competing with others is the road to pride and bitterness.  When you have you become boastful of all you create for yourself, and when you are without you are coveting and competing with others for what they have.  

A -   The answer is simple and in these verses -  ask God for what you want and need,  and if you come with a humble heart and the right motives, He is good and faithful to provide.

P -  Dear heavenly Father, as I head into this season feeling once again a refreshing spirit ,  I recognize that if I don't maintain my humbleness of heart and keep my motives in the right place then I will find myself frustrated, exhausted and depressed once again.  Lord guide me gently in a new way, help me to maintain a humble heart that desires to you glorified, and those in my life filled with your love.  I pray all of this in Jesus name, Amen

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The tongue brings forward from the well of what is inside

The tongue brings forward from the well of what is inside
S- James 3

Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

O-  James' treatise on the tongue is always a good stopping point for me because I have so much trouble created by my own tongue, that I know I have much to learn and reflect on.   Today I observe that this small thing the tongue weilds great power and influence both for good and evil.   So it is important that we tether it to a mind and spirit that is led by the Lord and not by our sinful tendencies.

A -  The appplicaiton for me is to recongnize when my mind and spirit are God led my tongue speaks life, healing and truth into the people I interact with.  When I am led by desires and sins of this world,  my tongue is a wicked weapon that can inflict pain and damage on those I release it on.    I must continue to ensure the well that is within me is spirit filled, overflowing with God's love, and free from influences of the enemy so that out of this deep fresh water well, my mouth will speak life giving words.

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's devotions,  may it be sealed to my heart.  I pray that you would help me root out any damage left in me that is spoiling the well of my heart , mind and soul that you would fill me with you love and everlasting kindoness, so that I may speak life into my wife,  my kids, my family,  my friends, my co workers and even my boss.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

“Love your neighbor as yourself.

“Love your neighbor as yourself.
S- James 2
8 Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 9 But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.

10 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. 11 For the same God who said, “You must not commit adultery,” also said, “You must not murder

O-  What God is saying here in this scripture is that it is easy for us to love our friends or love those who love us,  but we are to love our neighbors,  who work with us, live next door,  pass us in the supermarket, are our bosses, are our advesaries.   The laws and obedience to them are  gift from God, not a punishment.  When we follow them we receive the gift of peace and wholeness.   We we disobey even just one,  though we are forgiven by grace,  we are punished by our sin and its separation from God's best for our lives. 

A -  The application for me today is to continue to work on loving all those in my life as my self.  The falling short I have often done is surrounded by some great anger , disappointment or disapproval of someone in my home life,  at work, even in the church. I know the Lord is telling me start afressh and do not be quick to judge and comparmentalize who is for me and who is against me,    who I love to be around and who I want to avoid.   Instead he would have me love them all like good neighbors treating them as I would want to be treated.

P -  Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.  I confess I have harbor ill feelings in the past toward people I struggled to be around ,   I was wrong and I need your help to let go of those past offenses I have held onto.  Help me as I go forward to see people as you see them, and learn to love them all as neighbors.  I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Faith and Endurance

S- James 1
Faith and Endurance

2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

O - James, is writing to the early church because whether it be the early church facing challenges of understanding and being God's new testament church, or God's people in the past following Abraham, and Moses,  that though a clear convenant has been made,  the road forward will always have challenges.  But James helps us all have God's perspective that we should rejoice in these challenges that test our faith, because it grows us in strength and endurance, so we might run the race put in front of us.   The reminder is that during these challenges where our faith is being stretched to the limits we are to seeks God's help , to ask for what we need, and He will not punish you for asking, but  we sure ensure God is not a back up plan , but that we have put our trust and faith in Him to be the author and perfector our faith.

A - The application for me is to recognize that God has brought me through this dry and challenging season where my faith and endurance were tested and at times I did not think I would make it through.  But His grace is sufficient, and He has started a good work in me that He is is not finished with.  As I move onto this season ahead, with renewed strength, tested faith, and endurance,  I need to remember that I still need to and can call on Him for wisdom and direction to guide my every decision and step.

P -  Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.  I pray Lord that you give me clear vision , wisdom, and discernment of what to do, where to go, and how to operate in my time up at PSNS &  IMF, and the PACNORWEST in general.  I pray all this in Jesus name,  Amen.

When you stray , return to the lord and rest in Him

When you stray , return to the lord and rest in Him
S - Isaiah 30
“What sorrow awaits my rebellious children,”
    says the Lord.
“You make plans that are contrary to mine.
    You make alliances not directed by my Spirit,
    thus piling up your sins.
2 For without consulting me,
    you have gone down to Egypt for help.
You have put your trust in Pharaoh’s protection.
    You have tried to hide in his shade.

...

15 This is what the Sovereign Lord,
    the Holy One of Israel, says:
“Only in returning to me
    and resting in me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.

O-  These words from Isaiah are to a God's people after they had once again wandered away from Him, and were doing many things not good for their relationship with God and just plain not good for themselves.  Now this is from a people who have history of God saving them and giving them good direction and delivering on his promises, but over time they slowly fade away.   Isaiah is letting them know why they are where there at , and the only solution they have -  to return to the lord,  rest in Him - because in this quietness in Him,  you will hear God and only God,  and your confidence and strength will be restored.

A -  The application for me is just to recognize my self in this past season.   I felt I walked into the season with great favor and readiness and yet some how walked out of it exhausted and directionless.  I recognize I too just like the Israelites began to make my own plans contrary to God's,  I fought against God, who was not surprised about my circumstances (promotion, move to CSP etc) but that it did not line up with how I envisioned the whole tour in PH going.  I was working with alliances not directed by God's spirit, and doing things out of my own instinct without consulting God.     It is in this period between Pearl and Puget, in which I am jobless and homeless that I have begun to return to the rest in the lord, and in this quiteness He is restoring me,  both my confidence and my strength.

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your rest and restoration.  I am thankful for your consistent and persistent love and grace as I walk this life.   My hearts desire is to stay aligned with you in all that I do, to learn and grow with you all the days of my life.  I pray ahead in this season that you would keep me close,  correct me quickly but gently, and help me to fullfil your purpose for me to love how you love the people you place in my life.   In Jesus, name Amen.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A path after God's correction and discipline

A path after God's correction and discipline
S-Hebrews 12
 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way

12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. 13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.

14 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. 15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. 16 Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal.

O -  I feel this is God's exhortation to us all after a season of trial and discipline.    We know He cares about us because He disciplines us, not because he removes all our pain and frustration.   He desires us to live a holy life, and while even amidst what we feel is the right thing,  when we begin departing from His holiness He disciplines and corrects us.  This is often painful , but as the scripture promises there is a peaceful harvest of right living in the end.

A -  The application for me comes in verses 12-16 - that I am to mark out a straight path after this season of correction and work at living in peace with everyone, work at living a holy life,  and watch out that I don't allow any poisonous root to grow into my life. 

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.   I pray this all in Jesus name, Amen.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Faith - an essential ingredient

Faith -  an essential ingredient
S - Hebrews 11
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.

3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
..... List of faith stories ! Abraham, Moses, Rahab

 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

O-   Faith is the mystery and the mandatory element to a good relationship with God.   With God there will always be things unseen that are available to Him,  things we do not understand, but know to Him,  and things that he has planned that are beyond our greatest hopes.    In the Hall of Faith the greatest of those in the bible who followed God's promises or direction by faith, did so not because of some keen knowledge or great understanding but because of the one action word that appears to be actionless -  Faith.    Faith is a decision to trust in the one true God. 

A - The application for me is to look to transform my heart and mind to be more like Moses, Abraham,  David,  Paul in that despite circumstances surrounding me that are seen and know, I would put my trust and faith in God and His plan for me.  His grace and love are why I trust Him,  His abilities and power I do not understand, but will follow Him because of who He is my Father, my savior, my God.

P - Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for today's lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.   I pray Lord that you grow my faith more and more so that I might walk with peace and confidence in who you are even in the most difficult and challenging of times.   I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Christ, the real deal

Christ, the real deal
S - Hebrews 9
24 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. 25 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal.26 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.

O -  The author of Hebrews (and the Holy Spirit) makes so clear the difference in the old convenant and the new,  the old priest and the new.   God when passing on the design for the tabernacle to Moses knew he was replicating on earth what is in heaven, but also knew it would never be as perfect as it is in heaven.    He knew he used earthly priests, and animal blood to represent what would need to occur in heaven.   But the beauty of Christ, shedding his blood once and for all to pay the price for all mankind,  shows how perfect and complete our High Priest in heaven is.  We can have confidence that once and for all it is finished.   

A -  The application for me is to help me maintain the perspective that i have right at this moment,  that Christ work is complete,  His work in me continues, but I will never again lose relationship with Him, the Father, and the Holy Spirit.  It is through this relationship that I will be able to live in a world that is still broken, with a enemy that is very real, and persistent in pursuing to distract and seperate me from God.   

P -  Dear heavenly Father, thank you for what you have done for me,  once and for all dieing for my sins, and allowing me to have this close relationship with you.   I feel so undeserving at times, and I know I didn't earn one cent of what Christ did for me.  Thank you Jesus, Amen.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The glory of the new Convenant

The glory of the new Convenant
S- Hebrews 8

But this is the new covenant I will make
    with the people of Israel on that day,says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their minds,
    and I will write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.
11 And they will not need to teach their neighbors,
    nor will they need to teach their relatives
    saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’
For everyone, from the least to the greatest,
    will know me already.
12 And I will forgive their wickedness,
    and I will never again remember their sins.

O-  Wow the new convenant IS really good (in comparison to the old )  .    The old convenant was written on tablets and passed by word of mouth and guarded by various people in authority.  The new covenant is written on each of God's childrens heart and is guarded by the Holy Spirit.    The laws were written on tablets, and codified in books of the old testament,  but the new laws are written on God's children's minds and refreshed by His spoken and then written word.
The old high priest were like us,  susceptable and worn by sin,   the new High Priest Jesus,  was susceptable, and defeated sin and death.   The old convenant only a few stood in the presence of God in the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle.   In the new Testament,  we are the temple, and God lives in us.

A - The application for me is again to rejoice in the glory and grace of God, as His new convenant with us is so giving and in my case undeserved and unearned.   I am thankful because I don't deserve it,   I serve and love Him because He is worthy of my praise.

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's lesson, may it be sealed to my heart. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Jesus our one true high priest

Jesus our one true high priest
S-Hebrews 7

7 This Melchizedek was king of the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. When Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle against the kings, Melchizedek met him and blessed him. 2 Then Abraham took a tenth of all he had captured in battle and gave it to Melchizedek. The name Melchizedek means “king of justice,” and king of Salem means “king of peace.” 3 There is no record of his father or mother or any of his ancestors—no beginning or end to his life. He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God.
...

20 This new system was established with a solemn oath. Aaron’s descendants became priests without such an oath, 21 but there was an oath regarding Jesus. For God said to him,

“The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow:
    ‘21 but there was an oath regarding Jesus. For God said to him,

“The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow:
    ‘You are a priest forever.’”d]"

22 Because of this oath, Jesus is the one who guarantees this better covenant with God.

O - I don't think I really understood why Jesus was a priest like Mechizek, untill I read the devotions this morning from Hebrews.   We see the parallels of who Melchizek was in the fact that when Abraham was living out God's promise to him he offered  a tithe to Mel to honor the lord, and at the time there were no priests to intercede for God's people.  This didn't occur until later with Moses, and Aaron and the Levites.  But Mel was the original priest who represented the king of justice and peace, and pre-sembled Jesus as a priest forever.    We know the priests and the old law was not successful in reconciliation in complete with God, so God sent his son to be the eternal Priest who guarantees a new convenant with God, one in which we have a perfect priest to intercede for us and one in which we have a priest who understands our struggles but is not weighed down by sin and death. 

A -  The application for me is just to rejoice in the increased knowledge of who Jesus is.  I am more and more amazed at God's plan and love for us, and at what a tremendous role Jesus plays in restoring our relationship with God the Father.'

P -  Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your wisdom and grace.   Thank you holy spirit for revealing God's truth to me this morning and increase the hope and joy that is in my heart to both follow and live for you.   I pray all this in Jesu name, Amen.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Protecting and restoring from spiritual dullness and indifference

Protecting and restoring from spiritual dullness and indifference
S- Hebrews 6
 11 Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. 12 Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.

O-  This letter to the church in Jerusalem is a word of encouragement and exhortation to the young church because God knows what it means to walk this walk here on earth, it comes with trials and distractions, if not spiritual attacks even.   The advice is to keep on loving others,  it will help fend off becoming spiritually dull and indifferent.   We are to follow the example of those like Paul who knew both great rich's and success and great trials and defeats, yet ran the race in such a way as to win.

A -  The application for me is to recognize, that I made it through the 21 mile wall in this marathon called life.   I was at the point of breaking and wanting to quite, and hung on to the promises God had been planting in my heart over the last ten years.   The word of exhortation for me today is to keep loving others, and in areas were relationship had been tested and tried through the "wall" go back and inject love in order to restore resilence and life to what may be only barely surviving.

P - Dear Lord, thank you for your daily restoration of what has been a long season of dryness.  I am feeling refreshed and energized as I begin the process of plowing my heart, loosening the hard soil in my heart,  and preparing it for the seeds of righteousness you want to plant and cause to grow.   I pray that you help me with restoration and investment in my relationship with my wife.  She has sacrificed so much for me in this past season, and I know we need you to help restore her spirit, and our relationship to the point it is overflowing with you love.  I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Learning Obedience through suffering

Learning Obedience through suffering

S-heb 5

7 While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. 8 Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. 9 In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.10 And God designated him to be a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.

O-  My first observation is just to be thankful that we have a high priest, Jesus, who understands what we go through yet,  perfectly represents and sacrifices on our behalf to the father.   The second revelation I had was relative to my own struggle with God,  and why he allowed for me to go through a season of suffering.   I now better understand his perspective,  because he even allowed his own son, who committed no sin, to suffer.  But in this suffering was perfecting obedience to God the father.  

A -  The application for me is the same.   Times of suffering will come and go, and the only question that remains is what is my response.   I need to be like Jesus,  cry to the father, plead with the father, share my suffering with Jesus,  but in the end "Thy will be done".   It is only through this obedience that I can truly follow God's great plan for my life.

P - Dea heavenly Father, thank you for revealing to me today what it means to grow in relationship with you through suffering.  I confess I have questioned you and if you are even neccesary in my life through times of suffering.  I now understand you are drawing me closer to you in these seasons, and while I don't enjoy them in the end I end up closer to you.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Plow the hardness of my heart, and plant seeds of righteousness

  S-Hosea 10:12
I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness,
    and you will harvest a crop of love.
Plow up the hard ground of your hearts,
    for now is the time to seek the Lord,
that he may come
    and shower righteousness upon you.’

O -  Wow, this verse is for me today,  I have come through a long rough season in which the battle was internal and for my soul.    The battle was first physical - at work,  with dissappointing news about jobs and promotions,  then it was followed by   a internal spiritual battle which lasted long after the physical battle was done.   The results of this season is both a resolution of committment to the lord and my calling,  but along the way quite a bit of hardening of my heart has occurred.  Now is the time to plow up the hardness of my heart,  seek the Lord, and plant seeds of righteousness in for growth in this next season.

A - The application for me is to spend this time between CSP and Puget on vacation reflecting and planning for the seeds I will plant.   I need to reflect on what hard spots I have allowed to be planted in my heart: 
1.  The Lord -  The hard spots for me have been the questioning of why God let me go through this much mental pain,  and allowing the hardness of my heart to be believing that if I do nothing , nothing bad happens proving God is not relevant in my life.
2.  My wife - I have allowed her to become hard spots in my  heart with regard to the home and hording.  I have allowed the enemy to drive seperation in our relationship,  the hard spots causing me to see here as a problem and not God's gift to me. 
3.  My children -  I had allowed their shortfall in personality, or growing up to harden a  part of my heart because they were not making it easy for me.  I wanted the kids that just did well at school and were happy at home.   The hardness in my heart was my shying away from the participating in their development in school and extra curricular activities like volleyball, dance and singing.  
4.   My vocation -   the hardness in my heart here got down to believing what I actually do matters.  I began to stop tracking goals,  projects and tasks.

So what is my application -  I need to plow these areas to be sure the ground is not longer hard, and begin replanting seeds of righteousness in these areas.   I then need to seek the lord to know what to plant and allow him to grow it in me.

P -  Dear heavenly father, thank you for sticking with me, and holding me up through this past season,  I truly felt I wouldn't make it, and know I only did because of you.   I thank you for this refreshing and plowing season,  I pray you would help me be fruitful in this season.  I pray all this in Jesus name, amen.