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."
Contentment.
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.