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.