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.