Saturday, August 27, 2016

August 11, 2016
Hebrews 5:8
“Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered”

Jesus is our great High Priest. A High Priest was a person who was given the authority to enter into the throne room of God on our behalf. Since we now live according to the New Testament we also live knowing that we have a great high priest that intercedes on our behalf before the father. When I think of someone who is going to be comforting me in my affliction I hope that they have been through similar struggles so that they can sympathize with me. Jesus is able to sympathize with us in our suffering, because he too suffered. This verse says that he learned obedience through what he suffered. I look back on my life and the times that I have been tested to obey the lord the most and almost every time it is when I have been I have been in a season of suffering. In James it says “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” When we face deep suffering we can look to the lord for our strength and support. For my application I want to thank the lord for the trial I have been under. With the rashes I have had, it has been a reminder of the little annoyances in life that steal my joy. The lord has been showing me that I need him in all things not just the big storms but the little ones too. So today I will thank him for the gift of trials that always pull us closer to him.
August 10, 2016
Hebrews 13:5
“ Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with all that you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
If I am being honest with myself I have found my worth in the money I make. As I was in college I worked two jobs and got paid more than I deserved. The lord has constantly blessed me with positions and wages that I never deserved. Yet I never thank him for any of them. I used my money to glorify myself and not anything for him. I come from a family of hard working people. I watched as my single mother with two kids and no degree worked her way up in her office to becoming a manager of multiple locations and receiving raises that helped our family more than ever. I also watched as my father worked his way up as an electrician in the field to now holding the position of Vice President in his office. For a man that has no college degree and still can not type to this day, that is a very high position to hold. Both my parents have been blessed by the Lord and have worked hard for what they have in life. I know that this is a trait I picked up from them. Yet I am not sure it is the best for me. After graduating college I got a job as a preschool teacher. I was so excited by the new position, after about a month of working I began to hate my job thinking I was being under paid for all the things I was doing. Little did I know was that I was the highest paid employee there. I was making about 3 dollars more than the rest of the staff there, more than people who had been working for years with the school. This made me happy when I found out I finally felt like I was worth something. Yet that is not the thing the lord tells me to find my worth in. I am to find full worth in Him and Him alone. I can see now how he was clearly blessing me and I was just throwing it away on useless things. I want to see the things that the lord is blessing me with. I was to be more thankful for what he gives me, recognizing everything as a gift from Him and nothing in my own strength. Today I will pray that the lord will open my eyes to all the ways he has blessed me, writing them down and thanking him for them.

August 16, 2016
Acts 5:29
“But Peter and the apostles answered, “we must obey God rather than men.’”

            Do I obey God or man? If I am obeying God then doesn’t that mean I will obey man also? It is hard to answer these questions when this verse is not in context. When the verse is in context we are talking about peter and the apostles being tried for the teaching of the Gospel. They are being told that they cant teach what they believe, in this case it is right to turn from man and look to the Lord. If I take the verse for what it is, it almost says that I do not have to obey man at all, but the lord does put men and women in our lives that we are required to obey. When this does happen, if I am obeying God then I am easily able to obey the people he has placed in my life to pour in, and direct me. I know at times my attitude can be off. I can get annoyed with people and not want to listen to what they have to say. At times I can see myself not wanting to obey the things that people tell me to do. I know that this is my flesh and the battle that is within me. I see now that when I do this, I am not disobeying the people that are directing me, but I am disobeying God. He is the author and director of all and he uses earthly vessels to complete his work. In Philippians 2 it says “Do all things without grumbling or dispute, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” If I am to be his vessel I am to obey him in every situation meaning if he places me in a season of submission to others then I will do so without grumbling. In the same way if he one day places me in a position of authority I will do so submitting to his authority and having to answer to him in all that I do. Every season we are in is preparation for the next. He is building a changing you so that you are ready for what he has for you in the future. Right now I am in a season of submission, I strive to submit to the people above me without grumbling. But I know that at times I fail so today every time I feel resistance I will stop and pray. Kayla will hold me accountable at the end of the day.
August 23, 2016
Ephesians 5:21
“Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
            Submission is a hard word to swallow. I feel like our world makes it out to be something negative when in reality it really isn’t. When the bible gives us directions on how to live our life it is telling us these things to protect us. God is the creator and designer of all that we are and he knows how we work. When he asks us to submit to someone he is not asking us to lay down our life to him or her, but rather out of respect for God serving one another. I know that in the past I have had issues with submission, thinking that someone does not have my best interest or that they don’t know what is best for my life. As I have gotten older I have found out that the people that love, care for my well-being and they do have my best interest in mind. So out of respect for God I am able to submit to their leadership. Also, this really does have a lot to do with our relationship to God. When we are continually communing with him it is easy to submit to one another. I thought that when I came to IGNITE it might be hard for me to live this out, but really the Holy Spirit was in me and I have yet to struggle with this submission. I see the rule that are in place and understand. I know that when we are called to do something like switch rooms or go on scavenger hunts they are preparing us for what it ahead. Doing everything with out complaining and taking it all as it comes, being flexible to what the Lord has in store for that day.

Application:  Today I will pray that the Lord will continue to give me a submissive heart.
August 17, 2016
Romans 6:16
“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?”

            When we are controlled by an act we are presenting ourselves as slaves to that thing. Here it says that we have two options, 1. We are slaves to sin, which ultimately leads to death or 2. We can be obedient to Christ and live in righteousness. How often do I turn to my sin? Knowing full well that it will lead me astray and lead to the life that I so desperately want to flee from. More often than not I ponder the things in which I know I shouldn’t and sway from the life that the lord has for me, doubting his ability to come through for me and doubting his timing. These things always lead to death they lead me to doubt and to destruction. On the other side when I seek the Lord in all things thinking his thoughts and having faith in his provisions and timing, I find a freedom that I never knew was available to me. He takes my anxieties and replaces them with peace. He takes my offerings and replaces them as blessings. Living in this light helps me to gain all that the Lord wants from me His guidance, his provision, and ultimately his blessings. In light of this verse today during my quiet time I will pray for the one thing that hinders my walk with the Lord. The doubt I have in his provisions, specifically for my student loans. I know he is the giver and maker of and he is able to complete his work no matter the cost.
August 9, 2016
1 Timothy 6:6-8
“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”
To be content means to be satisfied. Am I truly satisfied in what I have and with my salvation in the Lord? At this moment in time I can say yes. I am content that I have what I need and that I don’t need anything extra. But will this be true when I do go back to the states. Our lives in America are about things. What we have, what we don’t have and what we want. I know that when I go back I have so much extra, Not that I am going to go and sell or give away everything I have, but am I truly content with living my life in one suitcase? Traveling from one destination to the next as the Lord calls me to. I can say right now I am. If it is God’s will then I am to be content and if the time comes that I am not content then I know that I am lacking in fellowship with the one that gives contentment.
Application: Anytime that I do not feel content in the location that the lord is sending me I will go to him in prayer to restore my strength and faith.