Friday, April 24, 2009

The assignments...


“But the four principal gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted with the responsibilities for the rooms and treasuries in the house of God.” 1 Chron. 9:26

Assignments are important. Here there was an upmost importance that the Levites had in making sure that the temple was kept pure and was kept right. That was a good thing. Here they had an assignment and they knew exactly what to do. The key word here is entrusted. They were given the responsibility to take care of the temple not by man but by God. They realized that God owns everything and they were given the charge of taking care of what was His.

So, how does this apply to me? Sometimes I forget that everything belongs to God. I truly don’t own anything. It seems that sometimes I need to be reminded that I am really just a steward of what God gives me. He provides the money, He provides the way, He brings the resources. I am just responsible to steward all he has given me in the correct fashion. However to do that I have to be in the mind set that everything I have is His. No exception.

Lord resetting my mind to this mindset is not easy. But stewardship is what is needed in my life. Lord help me teach me and guide me in this. Lord help me be wise in stewardship.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Complete it.


Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. Matthew 3:15

John must have been pretty surprised here. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t expecting to baptized Jesus. To him this must have been somewhat crazy. I mean Jesus was God, John knew that. So why he have to baptized Him. John was right, it should have been the other way around. But what is interesting here is that Jesus said this must be done. It must be complete. He did it to fulfill everything that it would be proper. This marked the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. This was the start. The intro to the next three years that rocked the world. So it was only fitting that it begin this way.

Now for me there are several lessons that you can learn from this. One is that like Jesus, I must complete all things. Even if it sounds or looks ridiculous, or if it is embarassing, or if it weird. To complete everything is necessary to end one season and begin the next. The second thing is that since Jesus was obedient to this it paved the way to begin the next step. Judging from what am reading here is that if you do not complete the assignment at first, God cannot move you on to what is next. God was pleased when Jesus was baptized and then it began the ministry of Christ. So how can I apply this to my life. I have lingering projects, incomplete assignments, and things where I haven’t finished. Here God says FINISH it so it is proper, and you can move on. Because really I don’t want to be stuck. Complete the assignment. God says.

Lord help me to complete things and be ready to move from one step to another.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Purify...


“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1


Here Paul says to purify yourself form everything that contaminates the body and spirit and reach for holiness. Interesting, at least what you can draw here. Last night I was watching this special on the History channel and what it talked about was the seven deadly sins in Christendom, with a special emphasis on lust. Besides the awesome interesting history it talked about, towards the end of the program they were discussing how scientific it was to lust. What they found that when people are exposed to lustful images certain chemicals begin to dominate their brain and it begins to dominate their thinking pattern at that time. Then what happens is the part of the brain that dominates cognitive thinking is reduced. Thus the phrase “thinking with the wrong head” is actually correct. But what the program also mentioned was that a healthy sexual appetite was necessary for healthy living, but always in moderation.

Now how does this apply to me and this bible verse. Well lust in the right context is good. For example if you lust after your wife is healthy. However, lust is also bad. I remember back in my rebellious days oh boy it was bad. However, knowing how I got into that situation because I was not thinking on glorifying God, because I did not care about anything else but the desire at that moment, I realized now that I was exciting the wrong part of the brain. So the lesson is that lust is real, it is also something that will never be eliminated out of anyones conscience and it was put there in our brain by God. So knowing that, God gives us the desires of the opposite sex, it is up to us to steward these feelings wisely. Therefore lusting after beautiful girl on the beach, wrong... But channeling desires to the wife and making love to her all night long... good.

Lord, I love how you talk to me. Thank you for this lesson.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

When God directs the stage...


His father and mother replied, "Isn't there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?" But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me. She's the right one for me." (His parents did not know that this was from the LORD, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.) Judges 14:3-4
This is really an interesting passage. Here it states that though Samson did not do things the traditional way, nor did he listen to the advice of his parents. But what is crazy is that it was the Lord that was behind it all. It was God who orchestrated this and it was God who allowed this to happen. It was an opportunity for God to develop Samson to engage with the Philistines. Unknown to everyone God knows what he was doing.
So what does that mean for me? It means that there are some things that happen that are out of my control but it is not out of God’s control. He is in total control of what is happening and maybe he is allowing it to happen. However, we may not always be aware of it going on. It’s always good to be in tune with God so that you can at least have in inkling of where he is going. However, even if God does not reveal all of His plans to me. It is a good idea to grow an awareness of His presence and trust in His moving.
Lord I don’t always do this right. But I hope that when You move, I am able to see where You are going, and if not. Help me to trust what You are doing.

When God directs the stage...


His father and mother replied, "Isn't there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?" But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me. She's the right one for me." (His parents did not know that this was from the LORD, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.) Judges 14:3-4
This is really an interesting passage. Here it states that though Samson did not do things the traditional way, nor did he listen to the advice of his parents. But what is crazy is that it was the Lord that was behind it all. It was God who orchestrated this and it was God who allowed this to happen. It was an opportunity for God to develop Samson to engage with the Philistines. Unknown to everyone God knows what he was doing.
So what does that mean for me? It means that there are some things that happen that are out of my control but it is not out of God’s control. He is in total control of what is happening and maybe he is allowing it to happen. However, we may not always be aware of it going on. It’s always good to be in tune with God so that you can at least have in inkling of where he is going. However, even if God does not reveal all of His plans to me. It is a good idea to grow an awareness of His presence and trust in His moving.
Lord I don’t always do this right. But I hope that when You move, I am able to see where You are going, and if not. Help me to trust what You are doing.

Fulfill your vows


“Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High.” Psalms 50:14

When you make promises to God, you must fulfill them. This verse sums up my devotion today. It seems that there is a theme. If you look at it Judges 11 Jephthah made a request that if he won a victory, he would sacrifice whatever came out of his front door first. I wonder what he was thinking. But he made the boldest move and made that. I bet he was hoping that a servant, or maybe one of his wives, or if he was lucky a goat. But what who comes out? His one and only daughter. That sucks. I mean come on, you can’t wonder but why in the world would God do something like that. But that is God, he ask nothing but the best of us, even if it hurts. Not because he doesn’t love us, but because he know and where our heart might drift off too. If the sacrifice isn’t worth it, then it’s not a sacrifice. And though it pained Jepththat, he did it.

Lessons to learn. Think before you make promises to God. Okay, besides that, when I make a promise to God, fulfill it. Don’t hesitate, don’t think, don’t ponder, just do it. God expects that out of us. Not because He doesn’t love me, but because he loves me. He knows that a sacrifice is exactly what it should be, a sacrifice. Not something that just passes on the wayside, but something that is difficult to do or to make. When I make a sacrifice, it exactly what it should mean, a sacrifice. Jesus made a sacrifice, he could have just skipped out on me, on mankind. But he didn’t he endured it, he held true to what it was a sacrifice. For me.

Lord thank you for giving me this. What this means, only time will tell, thank you again.