Saturday, November 26, 2016
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
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
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.
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.