Saturday, December 24, 2016

IBS John 1:1 pt.1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

When the Holy Ghost ministered to me with this verse it was encouraging. It showed me three things about my Lord. First is how ancient is His knowledge of my life and my future. The first part of Habakkuk 1:12 says, "Art thou not from everlasting..." I'm the first to forget that my Lord had no beginning and will have no end. But it is one of the best things we can hold on to when we are in doubt and when we are scared. It's like a child with their father or mother. No child can be brought into existence unless they are born. Therefore as the child grows up, they will always have that love and protection from those that have raised him or her. Fears of this world may bombard the child but, for the most part, they are always able to go to their parents for protection. Why don't I do that many of the times with my Heavenly Father? He has always been there and won't abandon me. Nothing is able to be hid from Him. And according to Ephesians 2:10, our lives were ordained before we even started to exist. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." The Word ordained means to prescribe or determine something. That's a blessing. Knowing that whenever a door in our lives shut or opens, all we need to do is hold our Fathers hand. “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Romans‬ ‭8:15 The greatest blessing I have received in my life, besides my salvation, is being adopted by my parents Leeann and Kenny Crabtree. My mom has always been the single most encouraging figure in my life other than the Lord, and my dad has always been there for me and the example I pray to be like when I am older. I can recall several times in my life when I was younger, that I got scared and ran to either my mom or dad. Why? Because I had previous and present knowledge that they loved me and that they will take care of me. We all should have like knowledge and more so, the understanding of how our Father is. When financial issues come I to my life, or I'm doubtful of my future, or even when I have a great burden on my heart, half the time I run to worldly things. Half the time I take the matter into my own hands. I have then run into the wrong hands. It's my prayer today, that not only myself but also my team mates and friends and family will all have eyes focused on one thing and that's the hands of the Lord. After all it was His hands that created all I see and His hands that were pierced for my iniquity.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

IBS 1 John 1:5

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:5‬
God is light. There is no confusion in that fact. So why does it sometimes seem like God isn't there? It's because my heart is in a darker place than my Lord. Several times during training and even my field time so far, I've been in a place that I wasn't meant to be. Wether it was bitterness to someone else or even anxiety because of kids club, it's still where I don't want to be. One thing that the Lord has really taught me during my time here in Guatemala, is that my reliance needs to be in something greater than I could ever achieve. Many good examples come from kids club, especially when I lead it. Today for instance, December 7th, was at first a real stress on me. It was the second week in a row where I had to lead kids club, and it just didn't feel like it was really working out well. When we were having children come in, I noticed that several things needed to be done and I found that for a little bit I was running around not fully knowing what to de because I needed to do other things and not get the speaker for the tent and so forth. But as things pulled together more and more I began to be at more ease. I danced today and the songs went well. We have a rule sheet that is written in Spanish, so I also had to read them aloud. And we had a performance and a skit done by some of the Bible collage. That was a huge blessing from the Lord because the kids really paid attention as well as they got a wonderful gospel message. Everything was pulled from all corners and it all worked out well, because it was done unto the Lord. Not out of us feeling obligated to do tasks, but because we wanted to allow the love of God to flow through us to the children. I will continue to do things to the Lord, because I know that by that, God will give me real peace and comfort.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

“The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:15‬ ‭

This verse talks about two things that are always going against us and what a Christian tries to accomplish. The first is how deceitful the heart of a man can be. Several places in the old testament it talks about how our hearts can fool us. Jesus said in the Gospels, that if anyone looks at someone else with lust in his heart he has committed adultery. That means that the sin starts in the heart. I know that my heart always tries to believe things it shouldn't. Such as how I'm able to do things in my own strength without going to the Lord or how my way is right. The ear is something we can't control in a sense. We do have a limited ability to decide what we listen to. That involves music or movies and even the company we hang around with. But if it's something we can't choose, then we are kinda stuck listening to it. However we are able to choose our actions after the fact. For example, if I hear someone use fowl language around me, I'm not able to block my ears and not listen to it. But I am able to choose if I will use the same language or if I will do what is right. So what the difference between the right and wrong heart and ear? The heart of the right is focused on something and the ear of a wise man doesn't decide what his or her actions are. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭For my application I will memorize this verse by the end of the week.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

IBS Psalm 51:10

I love this verse. It's a beautiful prayer which we should all be praying on a constant basis. I'm able to see a couple things that the psalmist, David, was praying. First is his desire to have the Lord change something within him. It needs to be a prayer not only for myself but for all Christians. That the Lord will look into us and find what is holding us back from communion with Him. I know that during the training phase as well as the field time of IGNITE, I've had to ask the Lord this question. What was revealed to me was several things. One of them was forgiveness to a fellow intern. Because I was holding a grudge on someone around me, I was also holding back my relationship with the Lord. I'm reminded of the rich young ruler who went to Jesus. After a short 'evaluation' of the young man Jesus said that he lacked one thing. He had a love for money and possessions that hindered him from having a relationship with the Lord. The second thing that I saw is that David wanted a steadfast spirit within him. What does this mean? That the psalmist, as well as whoever prays this prayer with a heart that desires to be changed, not only wants to be made new; but he wants it to be continual. It's easy to be the Christian that lives the life they should; but quickly falls in their walk with the Lord and it happens with them often. However we aren't meant to be like that. Being steadfast means to be constant and fixed on a point. Unmovable and not changing course or direction. It's a dark place to be, when a Christian just isn't walking straight like he or she should. It's one thing we need to be careful not to do, as well as encourage those around us to not do. For application I will ask my team members how they see my walk with the Lord. And I hope that the feedback I will get shows me what I should change in my own life.

Friday, November 25, 2016

IBS Psalm 18:19

He brought me forth. The Lord is our great deliverer. So many examples of deliverance can be found in the Scriptures. Some of them are obvious, such as the exodus of the children of Israel. Others aren't as apparent but they still offer insight to the heart of the Lord. Mark‬ ‭10:46-52‬ says, “And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way." A beautiful scene of just how amazing it is to be delivered by the Lord. Bartimaeus was a bling beggar whom we don't know much about. What we do know is that he must have heard rumors about Jesus of Nazareth. The Bible says that when the man heard it was Jesus he shouted, "Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me." What we know from the original language is that when the man was shouting, he kept doing it and getting louder. He threw his garment aside when Jesus called him forth. Why? I believe his faith was so great that he knew he would be able to go back and get it using the sight that Jesus would bless him with. He knew the only deliverance he could have would have to come from the Lord. He believed God is able to do all things. Psalm 16:8 reads, “I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved." If we wish for the Lord to be our deliverer, and if we wish for Him to guide us, we need to make sure our hearts are close to the Lords. That verse says that I, the faithful Christian, has allowed God to have the priority in his life. It's clear and simple. When we make God our number one, our priority, the One we go to both in times of ease and times of storm; we are going to our Father. Because of that we are always able to be the ones to say, "I'm not going anywhere. The big guy behind me, that's my Father and my God." For a daily application it will be my prayer that the Lord either offers comfort in team Guac's difficult times or for a deliverance in those times. Either way we are the Lords. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Colossians 3

To simply put it, a Christian needs to have his or her mind and heart looking towards those things which are holy and just. The Bible says in Philippians to think on certain things. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
The character of the new man, is one that is in lines with the Lords. His heart needs to be close to the heart of God and his mind needs to be in praise of the Father. It's interesting to look at the contrast between the man of the world and the man of God. 
To talk about the Christian home is a matter that many don't take to heart. The last part of this chapter is filled with what we need to be and what we should desire to become. I love the final part where it says, "But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality." I will answer for what I've done. It's a good reminder to see what we do before we do them. 
For an application I will asked the Lord what I need to do this week and how to become that thing. 

Psalm 8 IBS

The Lord has shown me many beautiful things with this chapter. 
First to mention is both how the chapter begins and ends. Praise to God, saying how excellent His name is. For my own personal reflection, I ask myself, how often do I begin the morning praising the Lord, and how often do I end the night, praising the Lord?
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? Thousand years have passed since creation, and we have all wondered what's out there in the vast span of space. Documentaries and books I've read and watched about space, all end up saying one thing. We are tiny. Yet the God that created it all, the Jesus I serve, with the same hands He used to create perfection, He sacrificed to hold the weight of our sin supported by nails. If I am considered to have that worth, how much do I eagerly give God thanks?
To finish I want to reflect off the verse that says, "For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor." That does a great deal of reminding me who I am. Yes I am a sinner and so low compared to the holiness of God, but He still made us in His image. It's a beautiful thing, being able to know we were made special to God. That also means we have responsibilities. One of which is to take care of what the Lords given us. 
This chapter has given me a great deal of comfort and conviction. For an application I will make it a goal to memorize it in a week, so that I will always be able to say how lovely God is, and how much I need to praise Him. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

IBS 10-16 Psalm 1:2

"But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night."
The Lord has been able to teach me so much during my time training and now being on the mission field as a serving intern. The biggest thing I was taught was how important and needed is time with the Lord every day. Day by day. The previous verse begins with the word blessed. Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. This chapter in Psalms can be summed down to one verse and it's verse two. Verse one speaks of how blessed the man who does certain things will be. And speaks of the dangers of doing other things. Verse three says ,"and he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." The righteous man will be spiritually prosperous. James 5:16 says that the effectual fervent prayers of a righteous man availeth much. When we strive to get closer to the Lord we will. That's because He's never stopping to get closer to us. His children. There are two walks any believer can make, and that's the walk away from the Lord and the walk towards Him. Verse four and five of chapter one says much of the ungodly. How they will not be able to stand in the congregation of the righteous and how they will be like the chaff which the wind driveth away. It's sad, a man once said that this world is the closest a believer will get to hell, and the closest a sinner will get to heaven. Though we have full access to the Gospel of Christ, how do we use our time here on earth? The last verse says that the Lord knoweth the way do the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Again, will a truly righteous man desire those things to be brought on the sinner? For an application I will make it a desire to memorize this chapter in Spanish. So that I will be able to share some truth with an unbelieving world.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

IBS 09-02-16 Luke 12:37-40

IBS 09-02-16 Luke 12:37-40
The two things I gained form this verse is to serve while waiting for the Lords return and to be ready for it. The Son of Man will come at an hour we do not expect. A simple example would be in my own household. If my mom gave me a task to do and she left the house, how happy would she be to come home to me lying on the couch eating potato chips and watching tv? If I took a break and decided to do what I want for a short while and she happened to come home at that specific time, she wouldn't really be enjoying my lack of effort. However if she came home to me doing that which was asked and that which was a responsibility for me to do, she'd have a happier delight in her eyes. Do I want my Master coming to this earthly home and finding myself to be lacking in efforts? Or will He find His servant diligent in his work. The second point to make was to always be ready for Jesus' return. Similar to what I said previously, we all need to be ready. One way to be ready is to focus on our own spiritual walk with the Lord. Will my walk with Jesus be immature and weak when He comes back or will I be an on-fire for the Lord Christian? Where do we gat the term 'walk with God'? It comes from Genesis chapter five verse twenty two. It reads, "And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters." We see that in just a couple verses that he walked so close with God that He decided to take him to heaven at that time. How glorious?! I want to live for the Lord so dearly that I'm practically touching heaven. For my application I will meditate on this verse in Genesis and gain an understanding of how I can walk closer to the Lord.

IBS 09-01-16 John 15:15

I am called to be the Lords servants and it's an honor to serve my King. But He calls me a friend. He said in the previous verse, "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." In order to be a friend of God I must obey Him. If I love a friend I will help and serve him in times of need, as well as any other time. Why? Because I love them. Verse thirteen of this chapter says, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Jesus told me that I'm His friend. What did He do for me? He laid down His life for my sins. That's a real friend. Not one that leaves you at times of trouble, not one that throws you under the buss, not one that looks at you as a means of gain. The Lord looked at me with compassion. He looked at me with love and with a heart that desired to not only save me, but use me for His perfect purpose. That is real love, and in order for me to be that one friend, I need that love inside of me. Today for an application I will thank the Lord for His love and pray for opportunities to love those that I call friends.

IBS 08-31-16 Mathew 20:26-28

I want to be like Jesus. What does that mean? It means I need to die to self and serve. Be a servant those who may even be lower than me as far as authority goes. But how do I become a zombie? A constantly dead to my flesh and alive to my spirit person? A good phrase to remember is that a Christian needs to be able, teachable, and humble. I need to allow myself to be flexible in times of stress and change while still being able to attend to the needs of others. I need to be teachable so that I may learn about the Lord and learn how to apply my heart to understanding. I need to be humble to understand that nothing I'm able to do should be in my own strength. For an application I will simply pray today for the Lord to make me an able, teachable, and humble being ready to serve Him and others at any moment.

IBS 08-30-16 Luke 17:7-10 (NIV)

"Suppose one of you has a Servant plowing or looking after sheep. Will he say to the Servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'? Won't he rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty'."
This verse has the qualities of a good servant in that he serves with the right heart as well as the humbleness he possesses. First off the servant doesn't work for anything in return for his labor, simply because he's a servant. Aren't I called to be a bond servant unto the Lord? Yes, but what does that mean about my character and my state of mind? That whatever I do, whenever I do it, I do it for the glory of God. That's my purpose in serving Him. Sometimes I do serve God, but I don't have the right heart. I can help set up for chapel and whatnot but and I doing it for my pride or because I want to serve Jesus? The second part is the humility that this servant has. He doesn't do work then reflect what he has done. Instead he rightly says, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty'. That's the real heart of a slave. A bondservant. He just wanted to reflect the glory to somewhere else. Where am I putting the glory I gain? And I giving it to the Lord as an offering? Today I will pray for humbleness when I serve in any way.

IBS 08-29-16 John 12:26 (NASB)

"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."
This verse is broken up into three parts. The first is serving Jesus. It's really plain and simple. If we serve Jesus we must follow Him. What does it mean to follow Him? The Bible says in Mathew 16:24-26, "Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" The middle part is intimate with the Lord. I love my family, therefore it's natural that I want to be with them. The team members I have on my team are so close and dear to my heart I just want to spend as much time with them as possible. I love them, and I'd easily give up an arm or a leg for them. To me they are precious. I enjoy spending fellowship with them, but I wouldn't if I didn't feel the way about them as I do. When ideal close to God and I start serving Him more and more, I want to follow closer to Him than I ever did. Song of Solomon 1:13 says, 'My beloved is to me like a bag of myrrh that lies in my bosom.' (Amplified Bible) Although this verse speaks of a woman's emotion to a man, this book is an allegory of Christy love for us. I thought it fitting because at that time women might sleep with a bag of myrrh in their bosom and the oils in it would seep into their skin. The next day they would carry that sent with them. When I and with Jesus and spent time with Him I will start to reflect Him. That's what walking close to Jesus looks like. The last part is beautiful. If anyone serves Jesus the Father will honor him. It's safe to say that we all want God to bless us. But how do we do that? First we need to follow Him. But we must also have a righteous heart. Why was David known as a man after Gods own heart? Because he repented to the Lord when he did what was wrong. He turned around when he knew he was wrong and sinning. When he messed up he asked for forgiveness and then worshiped God. That was a life worth honoring. What am I doing today? For an application I will seek Jesus today during On the Mount, and asked for His guidance for preparing for field time.

IBS 08-26-16 1 Cor 12:14-15 (KJV)

"For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is therefore not of the body?"
How important do we think of ourselves to be? Yes we aren't meant to lift ourselves up as in being boastful, however we must realize that we do have a part in serving the Lord. If one of us has a gift given by Jesus shouldn't he or she use it in edifying the church (1 Cor 14), or serving one another? Jesus taught a parable about a Master giving his servants certain amounts of money. Towards the end of the story we see that when the Master comes back each of the servants brings to Him what they did with it. Two of the three doubled it by using the money while the last just hid it. This is a parable that's able to be paralleled with gifts. Of we don't use our spiritual gifts for the betterment of Gods kingdom, He might decide to take that gift away. Will I use my spiritual gifts? Today for my application I will exhort my team members by telling them of their spiritual gifts and leaving that for open discussion among my members.

IBS 08-25-16 1 Corinthians 9:22 (NASB)

"To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some."
Have I become all things to all men? I understand that it requires a high level of humility, to make yourself weak to be with and minister to those who are weak. But how often do I find myself at that level? How do I make myself be lower and lower than I originally I want? By looking to Christ for my example. No one else has ever displayed such a level of submission, the Godhead co I got down to this earth in the form of a human being. Allowing Himself to be bruised for our transgression. Another thing that quickly got my attention is why I do what I last part of the verse says that it's to save those who are lost. So what kind of witness am I? In order to really be able to speak to the heart of man I need to be all things to all men. That means being a helper in times of need, a comfort in times of distress, a brother in Christ during times of denial. I need to be willing to become all those things plus more to those who need it. It's my prayer today that I will be able to become those things that I need to be to those who are in the church and those who are lost.

IBS 08-24-16 Romans 15:1 (NASB)

"Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves."
What I get from this verse is three things. Two involve upholding the weak. First is physical, helping people who physically aren't able to do what they want or what they need. Such as the elderly or those with handicaps. I can relate to those because of my previous foot surgeries. I was put in a state that made me vulnerable. It was hard to do things on my own while using crutches. Eventually I got used to them and I could do most things I was able to do before the surgery, but it would take longer than it normally would. The second part is spiritual and involves all of our personal relationships with each other. Spiritually we are all at different points in our walk with the Lord. For example, one of us my be immature in ways that another has an aged maturity; such as faith or hope or wisdom. I prayed to be with people here for my field time. When I found out I was going to be in Guatemala I was thrilled! And all I knew was that I want to be with these people the most. Why? Because I care about them more so than the average intern here. One of them I know that I'm able to pour out I to them in ways I love to do; while at the same time they teach me simply things I may have forgotten. The other is amazing and I can feel that we sharpen each other like iron and iron. The other two are just so joyful and sweet that I'm able to have beautiful conversation with them, and as we end I feel like we both just got something out of it. In order for me to help those that around me, or to help them spiritually and lift them up; I need to understand that I need to humble myself. How do you pick up a tiny puppy? By bending down closer to the level and then picking it up. In the same way if I proceed in a righteous trait and I desire to help others who lack, I must humble myself to their level. When ever Jesus saw someone and picked them up, the King of Kings stooped down to do it. That's the example I want to follow. Today for my application I will ask my team members how I can lift them up spiritually.

IBS 08-23-16 Ephesians 5:21 (KJV)

"Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God."
This verse speaks to me in a couple ways. First is that we all need to submit to another in the love of Christ. Yes in the fact that we would do certain things for others. But mainly that is a mutual submission. One that looks at our brother and sister in Christ as the same because we are all level at the cross. But the major thing I wanted to point out was that it is in the fear of the Lord. If I respect someone it means one thing. But if I fear the Lord, and understand what it means to apply my heart to the statutes of God, I will have a deeper and healthier respect for others. Why? Because I'm closer to the heart of God and being in that position allows me to view through the eyes of Jesus. Earlier last week I taught on a few verses in the book of Ecclesiastes. One passage I'd like for us to recall is in chapter four verse twelve. The end of it says, "...and a threefold cord is not quickly broken." This verse is a popular marriage verse because it is describing a husband and wife's strength when they are centered around Christ. Let's imagine that that is someone and myself. Together we have some strength. Two cords loosely tied together will be strong but will have a quick stretching and breaking point. But if that person and myself look to the Lord in respect and in awe, we have Jesus with us. Therefore we are made stronger than we ever were. Today I will pray for the Lord to give me a more understanding heart unto those that around me.

IBS 08-22-16 Galatians 5:13 (NASB)

"For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."
This weeks theme is adaptability and mutual submission. This verse is talking about how we were made free through the blood and the life of Jesus Christ. It's also saying that because we are free from the punishment of hell we still have no excuse to life in the fleshly ways that we want to. For example, even though I'm saved in Jesus my flesh still wants to get the better of me. I still have the sinful nature that I allow to get a foothold in my life. I can recall several times in my life that I had an opportunity to serve the body of Christ, or to just simply serve those I love. I remember when I was in seventh grade I was able to serve at my church in Houston by setting up for Sunday's and Friday nights. Some time passed by and I didn't want to do it, but I already picked up one of the applications for it. One night the youth leader came to our house for dinner and when he saw the paper he was excited and asked if I'd like to sign up. I told him yes and soon afterward I set up the chairs and such every Sunday and Friday night. I had to love my piers and leaders. I'm continually opening up my eyes to try to see where I can love others the way that I need to. Today for my application I will focus on seeing where I can serve my fellow interns.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

IBS 08-19-16 Hebrews 13:7 (KJV)

IBS 08-19-16 Hebrews 13:7 (KJV)
"Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the Word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation."
This verse speaks to me that I need to obey my elders such as the church deacons and pastors and such. There's many truths in following my leaders. The dominate one is that when I obey my elders, I obey Christ. He is the one who put them in that position of authority. Therefore to go against them is to go against God, if it's in the fence line of Scripture. Today I will pray for my leaders here and pray for their walk with the Lord or be strengthened.

IBS 08-18-16 Ephesians 6:1 & Colossians 3:20 (KJV)

IBS 08-18-16 Ephesians 6:1 & Colossians 3:20 (KJV)
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.", "Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord."
These are two verses that have some of the similar meaning. However both still need to be interpreted in their own way. The similarity is children obeying their parents. It's simple and easy to understand and perhaps the most difficult thing to do as a child. According to the Bible it's the first commandment with promise. Why's it so hard to obey our parents? Why do I have trouble understanding the beauty of a submissive heart? We see next that it's all to be done in the Lord, and in all things. That goes to mean that we are meant to do all things, when Scripture allows, in the Lord. The power of the Lord should be our strength and we should do all things go as unto the Lord. Also when we obey in that manner we are pleasing to the Lord. Giving Him glory is as simple as obeying our parents. It's being a witness. For my application I will pray today for a more obedient heart.

IBS 08-17-16 Romans 6:16 (KJV)

IBS 08-17-16 Romans 6:16 (KJV)
"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his savants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or obedience unto righteousness?"
I LOVE this verse! It's simply put and black and white. If I serve something I will be obeying it. Therefore if I obey something I serve it. It's my master and I'm it's servant. When I began to apply this verse in my life I defiantly saw areas of where I'm committing myself to idolatry or pride or envy. What do I obey? Social media which tells me how to be wealthy or cool or things like that? Friends who like to have fun? Or do I obey the Word of God? That which I make myself obedient to takes the form of my master. Today I will obey my authority when I'm asked to do anything and pray that my master won't be the world, but Jesus.
IBS 08-16-16 Acts 5:29 (KJV)
"Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men."
I'm able to personally apply this verse in many areas of my life. I ought to obey God rather than my piers. Rather than my parents, if it goes against Gods Word for obeying our parents is obeying God. Rather than what I feel. I ought to follow God rather than my own ideal ways. What I love about this verse is that it was Peter and the other apostles who said this. Do I have that kind of dignity unto the Lord to say no to wickedness and say yes to God? I find that at times I'm easily influenced by my friends, and we've done some crazy things for fun. One example is when I was staying at a friends house. It was him and his older brother and my older brother and I. When their mother left the house she was like, "Ok boys. No fire no firecrackers and no BB guns." Of course we watched the car go down the street and when it was out of sight we brought all those things out. First some of the firecrackers wouldn't explode so we set them on fire. Then they still wouldn't so we were shooting them. Then she suddenly walked in the back yard all mad and we were all scared! We didn't obey when we had a prime opportunity to choose to do so. I was convicted when all that happened. What did I get from it? God will judge and doesn't mess up His judging. Today I will thank God for all He's done for me and pray for more obedience.

IBS 08-15-16 Hebrews 5:8 (KJV)

IBS 08-15-16 Hebrews 5:8 (KJV)
"Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered."
Jesus was the Son of Man and the Son of God. Yet He we obedient even to suffering. Obedience is different when one has a change of heart. For example Jesus could have complained on the way to the cross, but instead He kept silent. He could have felt self pity at the garden when He was sweating blood. Instead He said, "nevertheless not as I will, but as thou will", Mathew 26:39. When we obey, is it the obeying with a revolting heart? When I obey do I do it with a heart that is working for the Lord or for my own selfish gain? In John 21:6 Jesus says, "Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and he shall find." This was after a full nights fishing. Fishermen would fish at night because the cooler temperatures would bring the fish to the surface. The men were tired and exhausted. But Jesus was standing on the shore, and the men didn't know it was Hm. Before He said this he asked if they caught any meat, and that simply replied no. Is my obedience strong enough for me to do things that seem ridiculous? Even if I think I know what to do? Did the disciples grumble? Or did they do it with a purer heart? For my application I will pray today for a strengthened obedience in the Lord.

IBS 08-12-16 Psalm 17:15 (KJV)

"As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness."
First thing to mention is glorifying the Lord. The Psalmist says that they will 'behold Thy face in righteousness'. Before we begin to look and ponder at our own situations, will we look up towards heaven? Give all the glory to our Maker? I need, and we need to be in that position. That no matter where we are and no matter what we do, we behold the face of the Lord in His righteousness. How holy is Jesus to you and I? Do we leave all we have and follow Him? How about taking up our cross daily to follow Him? When we obey His commandments are we not also glorifying the Father? Today for my application I will focus on seeking His face when I stand before trials.

IBS 08-11-16 Philippians 4:11 (KJV)

"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
Are we content? It's a simple question but most of us, myself included, can say no. I have many needs and wants, and when I'm not content I see the wants as needs and the needs as not important. What do we want when we are not content? For me it's money, or someone else's wisdom or things like that. But in verse eight of this chapter we see what we are meant to want. Things that are true, honest, things that are just, pure, lovely, good reports, things that are of virtue or praise; think on these things. Today I will not cover or be discontent with what God has given me, rather I will meditate of this verse.

IBS 08-10-16 Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as he have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
This verse speaks a lot about our lives and how they should be lived. And that's with contentment and not covetousness. We cover by wanting something that's not ours. So where do I stand? I covet from other people material things yes, but mainly the spiritual. For example others Godliness, others hearts for praise and love. But if I covet these things so badly why don't I just ask for them. Jesus told a story about a father. Would a father give his child a stone if he asked for bread? Or a serpent if he asked for a fish? No because of his love for them. If I ask my Heavenly Father for things such as these won't He be loving enough to grant them as well? Today I will pray for guidance and a contrite heart towards field placements.

IBS 08-09-16 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (KJV)

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content."
We can all be godly. But godliness with contentment is so much deeper and more profound than what we think. For example I can be godly by obeying my parents. When I am content to obey I'm not only showing godliness, but I'm showing more of the heart of Jesus. Jesus could have complained on the way to the cross, and still died while hanging on that tree; but it was Jesus, my Lord, that said 'Father forgive them for they know not what they do'. If Jesus was content to hang on a cross to save me from my sins, why can't I be content when I practice godliness? Verse seven teaches the truth of our power. In and of ourselves we are powerless, we have no strength, and we can't create anything. All that we have made came out of already created products. On the flip side all we destroy just turns into material that is still there. One thing I love to think about is that it was from God that we received our salvation. We couldn't gain salvation by our deeds or our sacrifices. Jesus gave it. He was the lamb whom came to taketh away the sins of the world. Without His shedding of the blood we'd be hopeless. He is source of our faith. And it's the Father who decides when to take us home. He only has the authority to take us out. The Bible says that God takes care of the birds of the air, the lilies of the field, and it says that God cares for us so much more than they. But when will we truly believe that? When Jesus answers our prayers? Or when we are tight and struggling with our faith? If we can't be content with all the blessings we have been given, will we be content with all He has in store for us? Today for an application I will pray and bless the Lord for my field assignment and be thankful and pray for the area I'm going to.
The Book of Common Prayer reads, "O Heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold Thy gracious hand in all Thy works; that, rejoicing in Thy whole creation, we may learn to serve Thee with gladness; for the sake of Him through whom all things were made, Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Monday, August 8, 2016

IBS 08-08-16 Mathew 8:20 (KJV)

"And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay His head."
The passage this verse is in talks about people who wanted to be Jesus's disciples. It was when they asked to follow Him, or when they asked to first have time to do what they want, that Jesus reminded them what it really means to follow the Father. I need the willingness of the Spirit to forsake all others and walk with God!
How willing am I? Do I let all my other gods take the place of the Lord?
For example, when I make a conscious decision to let go of my old friends who are walking in the ways of the world, I'm letting go of my past. It hurts, and it sometimes gets me laughed at. But the reward of a purer heart, a clearer mind, and a more passionate heart is so much more worth the relationships, or money that I'd be letting go. Can I say 'come follow me as I follow Christ' if I'm holding on to my chains that were broken? Jesus paid for me, and He created me. Therefore He has dual ownership of me.
Will I let go of my broken chains and follow Him?
Lord, help me to have an understanding of what it really means to let go of my flesh, of all my previous desires, and follow Jesus. Tonight I will pray for the Lord to increase my understanding of His sacrifice.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

IBS 08-05-16 Hebrews 6:12 (KJV)

"That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherent the promises."
There are three things I'd like to touch in this verse. First is to not be slothful. Proverbs 26:14,16 says, "As the door turners upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed...The sluggers is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason." We can't be a follower of anyone if we are to lazy and sluggardly to follow them. In the Gospels we see that multiple people went to Jesus wanting to follow Him, but they weren't willing to lay aside everything and actually do it.
The promises are beautiful. Utterly perfect. How happy am I? Do I ever just take time and meditate on the promises from scripture? How often do I just look to the sky, and smile, and say, "Jesus I love you!" I want to inherit the promises in the Bible. How do I attain them? By faithfulness and patience.
Lord, help my unbelief, and teach me to seek You with long suffering and patience.

IBS 08-04-16 Revelation 1:9 (KJV)

"I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the Word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ."
John was an exile, deserted, was prisoner on the isle called Patmos. He was waiting for the revelation of Jesus Christ. The Lord decided to place him there, which at the time was probably a discomforting thing to deal with. However it was the time and place chosen by Jesus.
Am I in a deserted place right now? I hope I am because it's there that the Lords voice can be heard louder. My prayer is the I will be in a deserted place and that I will hearten unto His voice.

IBS 08-03-16 Colossians 1:11 (KJV)

"Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness..."
Here in this verse we are called to be strengthened by the Lord, who has glorious power and might. Let's look at the other versus in this passage, particularly versus 9-14. The characteristics that are seen in this text are prayer, being filled with wisdom and spiritual understanding, walking of the Lord, being fruitful and being filled with the knowledge, and being strengthened unto all patience and long-suffering WITH joyfulness. Notice where all these originate, the Father. How powerful is the Father in my life? How often do I make myself decrease so that He can increase?several times in my life I have argued with the authority in my household. It never works out for me, and I always end up being punished. I make it more difficult than it needs to be. Today I will pray for patience to dwell in my heart.

IBS 08-02-16 Luke 21:19 (KJV)

"In your patience possess ye your souls."
This verse is easy to understand but hard to apply. To simply put it, we need to contain our souls, our spirits, what makes us, us; with patience. The passage that this verse is in is the Olivet Discourse. The two versus before, 17 and 18 read, "And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. But there shall not an hair in your head parish." This is a real practice of patience. How will I allow my soul and spirit to be possessed by patience, when I don't seek it? Patience is the Fruit of the Spirit. Jesus said while He was on this earth that we will be known by our fruits. So where's my fruit? 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 says, "Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil." Based on this Scripture I need to have my patience, fuel my patience with LOVE and CHARITY. It's decently easy to have patience about something, but to have patience brought side by side with Charity is a different matter. It's love that I need in order to produce fruit that is sweet. Patience and perseverance can be sweet to those who need it, nourishing to those that have weakened spirits. I will make it a habit to be patient, in everyday ordinary things, but mainly in the matters of the heart. King Saul wasn't patient enough to wait for Samuel so he sacrificed without him.
Will I wait on the voice of the Lord? Will I wait for Him to move toward before I follow in His footsteps? I will pray for patience today.
Lord knows I need it.

IBS 07-25-16 Psalm 111:10 (KJV)

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments: His praise endureth for ever."
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fear can be thought of as a healthy respect or reverence. Proverbs 1:7 says, "The hear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." I am made a fool when I despise the wisdom of Gods Word and the instruction from my elders. When we go our own way we are forsaking Gods perfect path. One time in Australia my friend Blake and I decided to take a short cut coming from the beach. We went through tons of plants and grass. We went our way and kinda ticked off his older sister. Psalm 119:104 says, "Through Thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way." In order to understand Gods Word we need to meditate on His testimonies. Psalm 119:99, "I have more understanding than all my teachers: do at by testimonies are my meditation." Verse 73 of this chapter says, "...give my understanding, that I may learn Thy commandments." James 1:5, "If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God." In order to know His Word and gain understanding we need to ask. This week I will study each day's Proverb to gain the understanding I need to stay strong in Him.

Monday, August 1, 2016

IBS 08-01-16 Luke 8:11-15 (KJV)

"Now the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God. Those by the way side are those that hear; then cometh the Devil, and taketh away the Word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the Word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell of the thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience."

This weeks theme is perseverance. And what I'd like to focus on for this passage is how the Word settles in each type of ground. Firstly to point out is that every soil heard the Word of God and received it. One didn't react to it, allowing the enemy to come as a crow, and snatch away any seeds left. How could this happen? The way side was hard dirt, where the farmers would have walked to tend to the plants and scatter new seed. If we let our hearts to become to hard against Gods Word then it will be difficult for it to grow any roots in our lives. We need to FULLY receive it within ourselves, and soften our hears to the Lord in order for us to become prosperous with the Fruit of the Spirit. The danger of a hardening heart against God, is not believing in Him as your Lord and Savior. Those by the way side, don't repent and therefore never receive salvation. Those by the thorns are different. They allow the Word of God to prosper in their lives. They actually acted upon it the way all soil should, the Scriptures say that they went forth. However, the cares and riches of this world, the anxieties and pleasures of our habitation both physically and in the Flesh; conquer us, and those are the ones to look away from Christ. In Mathew 14 it speaks of when the disciples were in the boat going to Gennesaret, while on the way they go though a terrible storm. Versus 27-31 says, "But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" I brought in this passage to use Peter as an example. For a time he was the thorny soil. He displayed the faith to come into the water. Also what's important to mention is how he asked Jesus what to do. He went to the Father for advise and acted upon what He said. As he walked the Bible says that he "he walked on water, to go to Jesus". That's an important life lesson to bring up. He did the supernatural, because he made Christ his natural tendency to go to. However, despite all the things that happened in this text, he was afraid. The cares and anxieties of this world moved him to stray his eyes away from the Father. How easy am I able to allow this world to lean me in the wrong path?
Now to compare verse 13 and 15, both have believed and have joy. So how are they different? One let temptation subdue their lives. They saw the pleasures of this world and they compared it to the Truth. They sought earthly things other than the Heavenly. Whereas the good soil, keep the Word, and bring forth fruit with patience, all with a honest and good heart. Verse 6 of the chapter says that the stony soil lacked moisture. That's the daily, all the time washing of the Word of God. Leviticus 8:6 says," And Moses brought Aaran and his sons, and washed them with water." That's how they became sanctified. How do we become sanctified? By washing ourselves with the Word. So the biggest difference between the stony and the good soil is the Scriptural intake of that soil.
How can we apply this passage to our lives? By living and obeying His commandments and hiding His Scriptures in our hearts. To do so I will continue to read my One Year Bible every day, and focus on the engage versus in it.
Luke 8:21, "And He answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the Word of God, and do it."

IBS 07-29-16 Psalm 90:12 (KJV)

"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."
'No man is promised tomorrow', if we don't learn to take every day the way it is, meditate on the Word day to day, and make the most use of each 24 hour period, we may lose the meaning of it. In order to fully surrender our lives to the understanding of wisdom, we must make a deliberate act of living for the present. What do I mean by that? I mean to live today for Christ. Live every moment for Him. If I think about the future I might want the goals my heart desires. If I think about the past I'm thinking of something other than what God is doing in my life RIGHT NOW. For a daily practical use of this passage I will continue to make my mornings filled with prayer to my Almighty God.

IBS 07-28-16 2 Corinthians 1:12 (KJV)

 "For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscious, that in simplicity and in godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
Not in fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God.
That's what my IBS is based off of, the difference in our lives if we live by fleshly wisdom versus the grace of God.
Proverbs 3:5-7 says, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Hm, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord and depart from evil." It's difficult to let go of our own ways. One example from my personal life, that's happened many times, is when my mom tells me to do something in a specific way, but using my own wisdom and understanding, I do it my way. At first when I learned to clean the outside windows I'd only use windex, even though they were very very dirty. My mother said I need to first wash them with soapy water then use windex. Since I didn't I had to wash them about four times versus the original two times. If I treat Gods Word and His wisdom like I did with the windows, how much more work and I making for myself?! All I need to do is lean towards Gods grace. If I lean towards Him I don't need to worry about where I'll end up in life. If I really fear the Lord then I will cling to what is wise. The grace of God is abundant. Fear the Lord. Depart from evil. For an application I will continue to pray for wisdom in my daily prayers.

IBS 07-27-16 James 1:5

To simply put it, wisdom is given by God and if any of us have need of it all we need to do is ask. 1 Kings 3:5-15 tells of Solomon asking for wisdom. By a dream the Lord asked what He shall give him. He asked for wisdom to lead His people, and God granted it because it was a righteous thing to ask for and the Lord also gave more than was asked. If all I do is ask with a yearning heart how could the loving God, Adoni, the Lord, refuse to give me a righteous thing such as wisdom?
This week when I wake up I will make my first prayer, into a request unto the Lord. I will ask for wisdom every morning this week.

IBS 07-26-16 Mathew 11:19 (KJV)

IBS 07-26-16 Mathew 11:19 (KJV)
"The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a wine bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified by her children."
This was a difficult verse to do an IBS on. But when you really meditate on the passage we start to hear the interpretation from the Holy Spirit.
"But wisdom is justified by her children."
This is easy to understand when we look into our relationships with our mothers. The definition for justification is "the action of declaring or making righteous in the sight of God".
Let's look at an example. One way to understand a household, and to know what the parents are like, is to look and watch the children of that household. We begin to see through the children's actions that the leaders of the home are scared, angry, nervous, or in an amazing case, righteous.
Here in verse 19 we begin to see that the wisdom of the Bible, the genuine wisdom we must all contain within our hearts, is either justified or proved false by her children. If we live by the Word we will become beacons of truth to an unbelieving world. The opposite is true. Proverbs 2:10-11 says, "When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee." Despite all the sufferings a Christian might go through they will be kept and preserved by their perseverance in wisdom of Gods Word.
Something else that really spoke out to me in this passage was that Jesus Christ wasn't shaken or moved by all the accusations made against Him. 2 Timothy 2:3 says, "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." In this passage we learn that the soldiers goal is to please he whom sent him, 2 Timothy 2:4. That's one thing I think I'll never truly understand about my Lord and Savior. How could anyone, love someone unconditionally to the point of hanging on the cross for them? When THEY were the ones to put Him on the cross. We aren't able to fully comprehend it. 2 Timothy 2:24-26 says in the NASV, "The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will." God still allows a way of escape even to those who scourge Him. I ask myself how often I follow in His footsteps, practice the wisdom He has, and find truth in His Word.
For my application I will continue to read the days Proverb and see how I can apply it to my daily life, and to help with that I will make Connor be my accountability partner.