Romans 15:1

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

God calls His people to unified and as one body: The body of Christ. Each part is unique and serves a purpose. The body is meant to support each other, not to tear each other down because in doing this the whole body is being destroyed. We are called to be like Christ, and to be conformed to His likeness. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” who “ made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the links of men and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and become obedient to the point of death.” (Phil. 2:5) Jesus, who was in the form of God, stripped himself of reputation and humbly served others as a bondservant in the likeness of man, even to the point where they crucified Him. As His servants, we are called to do likewise.

Philippians 2:2-4 “fulfil my joy by being likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interests of others.”

As my team and I prepare to go on the field together, it’s important that I keep this verse close to my heart. I want us to regard each other in the same love, and be of one mind. To pick each other up when we need it and encourage each other out of love. We are working as one body, to simply please myself does no good for the body as a whole. If one of us is strong in an area while the other is weak, let us not put that person down, but lift them up and strengthen them.

Application:

Today I will do whatever I can do help my teammates out, to encourage them and to build more and more unity.

Ephesians 5:21

submitting to one another in the fear of God.

I need to respect my teammates on those that are living with me on the property here in Guatemala, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s what God calls His people to do. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom; a healthy and good fear that brings about reverence and awe. He has called me down here to Guatemala, and while I don’t understand why and every part of me wants to run away, I know that there is a reason behind what He is doing in my life. His plans are not my plans, His thoughts are not my thoughts. The best thing I can do is submit to my authority here knowing that it’s what God wants, as well as my teammates and working together with them to create unity.

Application:
Today I will get together with Team Guatemala and just talk over how we are all feeling and pray together with them.

Ephesians 5:21

submitting to one another in the fear of God.

I need to respect my teammates on those that are living with me on the property here in Guatemala, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s what God calls His people to do. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom; a healthy and good fear that brings about reverence and awe. He has called me down here to Guatemala, and while I don’t understand why and every part of me wants to run away, I know that there is a reason behind what He is doing in my life. His plans are not my plans, His thoughts are not my thoughts. The best thing I can do is submit to my authority here knowing that it’s what God wants, as well as my teammates and working together with them to create unity.

Application:
Today I will get together with Team Guatemala and just talk over how we are all feeling and pray together with them.

theme of the week: adaptability/ mutual submission

Galations 5:13

“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another”

I am called by Christ Jesus not to walk in the flesh, but in the spirit and to live a life like Christ. To be humble, gentle, with love and joy, peaceful and longsuffering. As a Christian I can’t use the freedom I’ve been given through His name to continue in sin, but to turn away from it and to serve my brothers and sisters in love. That’s something I’ve been working a lot on lately, to serve with love. It’s not in my own strength that I am capable of this, but in Jesus. I want to serve my teammates rather than focusing on myself, which only leaves me feeling empty. How much more rewarding is it to help a fellow brother or sister, and to support them when they are in need of it? Therefore I must put to death my flesh everyday, and continuously make the decision through Christ’s strength in me to serve others in love with a willing heart.

Application:

Today I will seek any opportunity I can to help those around me, as well as pray for a willing and humble heart, content in where I am with love and peace.

Hebrews 13:7

 

Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you. whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.

I am called to obey my leadership and those who I would call mentors. It’s an immense privilege to have these kinds of people in my life, for them to teach me and disciple me out of the kindness of their own heart. The Word of God calls me to obey these people and to follow after their teachings, to imitate their life and take every opportunity to follow after their good example so that I may mature in my faith. I have many mentors in my life, which is an immense blessing, but I must remember to not only obey in my actions, but with my heart as well to if I am to truly take anything out of it.

Ephesians 6:1 and Colossians 3:20

 

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

The very first commandment: Honour your father and mother. We’ve been talking a lot recently about obeying and having an obedient heart as well towards the Lord and to authority, but this is a subject that has yet to be discussed. It doesn’t differ much from what I’ve learned. I’m told from God’s word to obey my parents, for it is well pleasing to Him. Jesus also obeyed His earthly parents and honoured them even though He could have seen Himself as above them and ignored their authority. My parents are my authority, therefore I will honour and obey them.

Application:
Today during On the Mount I will go back to read Genesis and some of the parent-child relationships that are shown there and pray that the Lord helps me to continue growing my obedient heart. as well as on Sunday when I get to talk with my parents I will thank them for everything they’ve done for me.

Romans 6:16

“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness.”

I am a slave, one way or another, whether I want to believe it or not. The question is, what AM I a slave to? What compels me out of bed every morning? What drives me in my daily life? What can I not live without? In my life up until recently it was acceptance. I was a slave to acceptance of people and what they thought of me. I was the biggest people pleasure you would have ever met. It compelled me in my every day life and it drove me. I needed to be accepted and I’d do anything to get it. It’s sad and convicting to me that I did not live with such fire and devotion in my relationship with Christ. “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) He took upon himself the sins of us all so that we may have the chance to live. It’s a simple and necessary act of worship that I present myself a living sacrifice to Christ who carried my cross and my burdens, beaten beyond recognition for my sake. I only serve one master, and He is Lord of all. Therefore I reckon the old man dead, the body of sin that I once lived in done away with. “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13) It’s putting to death my flesh everyday: the things I want, my desires so that its no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Not by flesh but by faith. Living for His glory and His alone rather than serving my own selfish desires, which will only leave me empty. I’ll never know what it’s like to have the weight of the world on my shoulders, but what can I do is walk in the newness of life that Christ has brought me. I am obedient to Him, not with only my actions but my heart as well. The condition of my heart is what He is after, therefore I will pray today that the Lord shows me where my heart is at, and to help me change it to live according to Him and Him alone. To show me each and everyday that my death to self is what will truly bring me life. Not my will, but Your will be done Lord. This week each morning when i wake up I will pray that the Lord helps me die to my flesh.