Monday, February 13, 2017

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10

“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.”
Solomon describes this life as always repeating its self. He was searching for some experience or pleasure that would give his life meaning. He describes this world and all it has to offer as the life ‘under the sun’. He discovered that every experience he could possible have was pitiful efforts to enjoying joy in the Lord. There is nothing new under the sun. Our lives weren’t created for trying to have fun and doing things how we want them, but for God’s glory. Seeking things ‘under the sun’ in order to experience joy which can only be found ‘above’ will leave us constantly seeking but never finding. I look 'under the sun' often times for a thrill or for peace. But I need to understand that my God is 'above' the sun in His Heaven. When I'm finally able to stop looking to the horizontal and look at the vertical, the peace of the Lord will be seen my my own two eyes. That's real fulfillment.

IBS Exodus 8:19

“Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said.”

‭‭‬ ‭"This is the finger of God." Being here for the duration I have has shed so much light on this verse. What does the finger of God personally mean to me? First it's the power of the law. When God spoke with Moses and gave him the Ten Commandments, God wrote them with His finger. By the Lords finger He brought the ten plagues into Egypt. By Gods finger I'm humbled and my pride is brought down.
It's also the instrument that the Lord chooses to lift me up. Jesus said to suffer the little children to come to Him. It brings me joy to think that I have the opportunity to be a little Christ when I go to the schools and teach, or when we have Kids Club, or when we go to the hospital to minister to little ones. Several weeks ago we went to the hospital and it was just team Guate and an RA. We were able to go to the babies and right when we walked in we saw this little girl named Linda who was dressed in a green onesie with a green beanie. She was so adorable and at the start I wanted to spend time with her. I either held her in my arms when I sat down or walked around, and often I would lead her around with my finger. Her little hand took my finger and when she left to get her water cup, she would come back and grab my finger or lift up her arms for me to pick her up. Jesus does the same for me. When it's a struggle to get out of bed or to do something for Kids Club, the Lords finger is right there for my grasping and for my stability. God is so much bigger than I am and He is able to do miraculous things. Praise the Lord for that.

Monday, February 6, 2017

IBS Philippians 1:3

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you"

I don't do this all the time. I probably don't do it half the time. Who all do I actually think of on a day by day basis?
I think of family. Friends from America and Australia. And now everyone I am in Class eleven with as well as Bible collage. Most of the time I just think of a great memory and make a mental laugh or smile and that's it. But it's challenging to pray for them. Cry for them or even try to get ahold of them.
I honestly think about them a lot. But prayer is difficult.
Another thing to challenge myself and others is thanking God for those memories. Thanking God for it all. Because it's easy to not thank God for them and just ask why He's given this "burden" of a person to be around. It's not only easy but not Godly. For my application I will write down every name of Bible collage and IGNITE and keep it always in my Bible so that I'm never without excuse to not thank God for them.