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Unbroken Bible Study Weekly Devotional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scripture

Acts 3:2 KJV

And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple

Observation

Who is “they”? Who carried him daily to the gate of the temple? Is it possible that who ever “they” were, were using him to get money from other people? Are there people in our life who use us to get something from others? Is it possible that we are allowing some one to exploit our weakness or illness? Do we do that to other people? Always be mindful of the people you allow in your life.

Application

Re-evaluate your circumstances and the people you surround yourself with. Are you allowing people to take advantage of you or vice versa?

Stop enabling people in their addictions or weakness. The resurrection power of the Holy spirit lives inside of us and we can speak to our friends or family members and tell them to RISE UP from their circumstances. Give people a hand up in the name of Jesus instead of enabling their hopelessness. Be like Peter and John and lift people to their “feet” by calling on the name of Jesus.

Prayer

Dear Father, we thank you for sending your one and only son, Jesus Christ, who paid the ultimate price for our sins. We thank you for the authority we have in the name of Jesus and the power granted by your Holy spirit. Father, we pray that you will reveal any relationships that we need to re-evaluate and guide us in the next steps.  Help us to forgive those who may have used us and also forgive us if we have taken advantage of anyone or enabled them in their sin. Give me strength to Love others in their brokenness and most importantly, the Faith to see them healed and set free. In the name of Jesus Christ, I ask all these things. Amen.

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Unbroken Bible Study Weekly Devotion

March 6, 2019

Unbroken Bible Study Weekly Devotion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scripture

Acts 2:38-39 King James Version (KJV)

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Observation

The promise of the Holy spirit isn’t reserved for only pastors, ministers and your regular church folk. It is available for everyone, if we repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Don’t be afraid to share the love of Jesus Christ with anyone because you could be the last person they come across. We don’t need a title to minister to someone, if the holy spirit resides in us.

Application

We need to repent daily as we all fall short of the Glory and are natural borne sinners. It takes daily renewal of our mind to become more and more christ-like. I will repent and be thankful everyday for the presence of the Holy Spirit. I will be a light on to others, never judging, so that they may one day walk with Jesus too. 

Prayer

Dear Father, forgive me of my sins in thoughts, actions, words and in-action. Thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ, who died so that I may live. Thank you for the presence of the Holy spirit in my life. I pray that you give me strength and courage to share your gospel openly with all people, for I know that you wish no one to perish. I give you all the glory, honor and praise. In Jesus might name, Amen. 

 

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Unbroken Bible Study Weekly Devotional

UnBroken Bible Studies Weekly Devotion

February 27, 2019

Scripture

4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. – Acts 1:4
Observation

Jesus appeared to His disciples for forty days after His resurrection and continued to speak on things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. He gave them clear instructions to stay put and wait for the comforter or Holy spirit. In these verses we see unity in the congregation of believers in the upper room, as well as obedience, patience and trust.
Application

We must wait patiently on God and trust in His perfect timing; bloom where ever we are planted. Sometimes we try to rush things according to our own time when God told us to wait. Let us live by His teachings and His words, leaning not on our own understanding.
Prayer

Dear Father in Heaven, Thank you for guiding me and providing for me. Help me to grow in patience as I wait in the place you have placed me. Help me to hear you and your directions clearly above all things. Forgive me for any disobedience and error in my ways. Lord, I thank you for what you have already done in my life and all you are going to do. I give you all the glory, honor and praise. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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Bro White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I guess you could say that I knew how the evil witch felt when she saw Snow White.  When I walked into the hospital room that morning, to greet my baby brother, there he was. A beautiful cream-colored baby with golden hair, such a stark contrast to my caramel skin and dark curly waves. He was a delicate little thing who had to endure a difficult labor due to the umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck. He was a miracle. I loved that baby, but I was also a little jealous, hence the evil witch allusion.

I was a hefty baby and I gave my mother’s hips a bit of a trouble upon my birth. I like to joke, that I just refused to come out of a vagina for obvious reasons. But I guess it made my parents decide to wait a while before having another child and thus the five years a part. For five years I had all the attention, all the presents and all the glory from EVERYONE. Then came Jarrett, there was so much about him that was different, and it would carry on like that for the rest of our lives.

He was a miracle. Due to his complications in the womb and at birth, he needed special care and had some developmental challenges. But he overcame them. He was the stud of our family, growing up. I had my brains and an award-winning personality to help, small kine over achiever at times. So, I held my ground. We grew up with two amazing parents who were still figuring it out and an outstanding support system of Grandmothers, Aunties and Uncles. I grew up with my secret struggles as did he. I had my talents, mostly academic and Jarrett had his, music and athleticism. I was a really good student and a well-behaved kid, so growing up I was often praised by family members openly and I enjoyed it, up until a certain point. I started to see and hear in my brother’s voice how my praise was becoming his curse. If I could go back in time I would tell my younger self to humble yo’ ass and take those moments as an opportunity to highlight your brother’s strengths, because he had many.

Internally, growing up, I was dealing with my sexuality and from a young age I always felt unfit to be an older brother. There is a lot of things I wish I said, I wish I did, I wish I didn’t do or say. In retrospect, I see how the enemy (Yes, this is a Christian blog) can start to plant seeds of division in children. How he can use our insecurities to impact our relationships with others even during our “innocent stages”. But I did the best I could with what I had. I felt so honored when my brother was 16 years old, and he was going thru a difficult season in his life. He came home from school and he just needed me. He broke down in my arms and I cried with him and did my best to console him. I felt validated in that moment. That I was an okay older brother.

In the process of coming to terms with my identity, I turned to the world. Jarrett, found his identity in Jesus Christ. His experiences with rebellion lasted a mere second compared to my decade. He knew God so intimately. Masked by Pride and ego, my insecurities often left me rolling my eyes at his spiritual evolution. But there was no denying it that my brother was on fire and then there was Easter. Being fit, athletic and on fire with the holy spirit my brother took up a cross. A big, heavy cross. He carried that symbol of redemption from Kahuku to Hau’ula and started an annual tradition in our family. I was proud of him, but it wasn’t for me.  I tried to get out of the Cross Walk every year we did it because I was so embarrassed. My friends didn’t understand and if they saw me walking it they would make jokes over beer. But I was there when Beth showed up and I was there to watch their eyes twinkle along the grueling journey around the island on foot. I was there at Kawaiha’o Church when I turned to my Aunty and said, that’s gonna be my brother’s wife. Fairy Tales happen to those who believe, and it happened for them.

My brother met the love of his life that day and their wedding was beautiful. Kristen was born 9 months later, and my brother had everything I ever wanted. Happiness. But you know what happened in Snow White, she was given an apple- a forbidden fruit by the evil witch. Though I never, ever wished any harm on my brother I did share with him a forbidden fruit that would lead to his downfall. I had exposed him to pornography at a young age, not knowing at the time what it was all about or what it would do. There are countless stories and examples of boy’s and their playboy magazines. It’s “normal”. Maybe, that is why sexual assault, harassment, rape and perversion is pretty “normal” among men. That forbidden fruit led to his fall as an adult and it shook my faith- whatever faith I had at the time. That moment as kids planted a seed of sexual immorality and addiction in his fragile mind that almost cost him and us, the family he has today. But because of that cross, he so gallantly carried on his shoulders all those years and what it stands for, he was redeemed. It didn’t happen over night and it was a VERY hard road. It also took the faith of a wife who stood by her vows and pushed through a spirit of infidelity, who fought for their legacy. My brother still has everything I ever wanted. He was brought back from death and instead of seven dwarves there are five children in their place.

My brother used to offend me. He often reminded me, just by his existence, how much I lacked. I blamed him for having a spirit of competition with me. I blamed him for being the one who made me feel uncomfortable. But, it was never him. It was about Him, our father in Heaven and what he had planned for us together, as brothers. Something no devil wants to see happen. As such, the enemy made a way at first, within me with a spirit of sexual immorality. That built up a wall of insecurities, that distanced myself from His love. Which caused me to stumble in my role as an older brother. It led to envy and then division. Division keeps us from attaining our purpose together in this life as the body of Christ. The cross that I felt forced to carry, I carried because of Jarrett and that same cross and what it symbolizes saved him and then me again and again. I have a praying brother. I have a strong brother. I have an amazing brother who has always been an example to me. It was the place of worship that he settled on years ago, that I would be drawn to and find the love that I was looking for all my life. Fairy Tales aren’t real, but God surely is. I can look in my mirror now and all I see is Jesus. He who lives in me, not because I am worthy but because He is able. We are better together in this world and the enemy knows it. Find those seeds he has planted, seek forgiveness for the parts you played, pull out the weeds, and know that redemption is possible for you even if you identify as the evil witch. My happiness is still in progress and it is already better than I could have ever imagined. I wouldn’t be able to say that if it wasn’t for my brother. You were born a miracle and you are still a miracle. 20180914_23054020180914_230554