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SPECKA – Application to apply

Posted: May 30, 2011 in SPECKA

For me Application to apply is the most valuable portion of SPECKA. It’s actually what i search for when reading the word. i mean if there is nothing for me to apply then what use is there in studying the word? It’s just head knowledge and there is no lack of those that have nothing more than head knowledge. The word deserves to be applied.

SPECKA.  …a Sin to confess ….a Promise to keep …an Example to follow …a Command to obey … Knowledge to learn …an Applicationto apply.

The way it works is that i read a chapter, a group of verses or a single verse of the Bible and look for descriptions for each of the words in the passage. So in the following verses i’ll use bold red to expose the Sin to confess, or words that lead to sin. i’ll use bold blue to expose the Promise to keep words. i’ll use bold green to expose the Example to follow words. Due to some duplication of the use of words i’ll use an underline to expose the Command to obey words. i’ll use purple to expose Knowledge to learn although technically its all knowledge to learn. For exposing Application to apply i’ll just write it out for the close of this series of posts.

Matthew 6:19-34  Teaching about Money and Possessions

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

 24“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

 25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

At first i would have given the obvious answer, 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. That would be the cheesy, oops i mean easy answer. It would seem to be the “RIGHT” thing to say. It makes me pretty spiritual, don’t you think? No after looking back over the week this is what i see as my applications to apply… First make sure that anything i am counting as valuable is of spiritual value verses earthly. Secondly keep my eyes on the birds of the air and the lilies of the fields which remind me that God is my provider and thus i will be focusing on the things of God and living righteously. Sounds simple but i have tried to make the word complicated in the past. These days i look to make it simple.

SPECKA – Knowledge to learn

Posted: May 28, 2011 in SPECKA

i realize that every word of this series of blogs is knowledge to learn but what i am looking for today are the keys that unlock portions of this passage. What are a few things i can take away from this passage that will help me remember all the rest.

SPECKA.  …a Sin to confess ….a Promise to keep …an Example to follow …a Command to obey … Knowledge to learn …an Applicationto apply.

The way it works is that i read a chapter, a group of verses or a single verse of the Bible and look for descriptions for each of the words in the passage. So in the following verses i’ll use bold red to expose the Sin to confess, or words that lead to sin. i’ll use bold blue to expose the Promise to keep words. i’ll use bold green to expose the Example to follow words.Due to some duplication of the use of words i’ll use an underline to expose the Command to obey words. Today i’ll use purple to expose Knowledge to learn although technically its all knowledge to learn.

Matthew 6:19-34  Teaching about Money and Possessions

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

i am aiming for my desires to be His. The word that comes to mind is that i have the mind of Christ, my thoughts are established in Him, and my steps (desires) are ordered by Him. Using SPECKA will bring other verses to mind to add to the ones your focused on. Imagine a map with a starting point and an ending point. To go from one to the other you will travel through many things that technically have nothing to do with where you want to end up. BUT… you may find many valuable nuggets during the journey in places that you thought were not important.

22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

This says to me that i must be aware that, my eyes introduce both the things of the world but also the things of the spirit so i must be careful what my eyes are fixed on.

 24“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

 25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

i have said it in the past that i must know who i am because of who He is. If i don’t see myself as valuable to God and others then i will think that i have to take care of myself. If i ask a wrong question i get a wrong answer but verse 27 is not a wrong question. All the worries that i can remember having, have never produced a single moment of peace in my life.

 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

This is another question that is not wrong, so why do i have so little faith? Is it because i think i can take better care of myself than God? Maybe i think He’s just to busy with everyone else so i try to help lighten His load? How about, i don’t think i deserve His time? Then there’s the thought that i am ungrateful for what i have and so i press for more? It could be any number of things but that’s for each person to answer for themselves.

 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of Godabove all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

That’s an understatement and that’s why i am learning to focus on the day i am in and stay out of tomorrow as much as is humanly possible..

SPECKA – Command to obey

Posted: May 26, 2011 in SPECKA

Obedience is better than sacrifice
SPECKA.  …a Sin to confess ….a Promise to keep …an Example to follow …a Command to obey … Knowledge to learn …an Applicationto apply.

The way it works is that i read a chapter, a group of verses or a single verse of the Bible and look for descriptions for each of the words in the passage. So in the following verses i’ll use bold red to expose the Sin to confess, or words that lead to sin. i’ll use bold blue to expose the Promise to keep words. i’ll use bold green to expose the Example to follow words. Due to some duplication of the use of words i’ll use an underline to expose the Command to obey words.

Matthew 6:19-34  Teaching about Money and Possessions

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

 24“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

 25That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

How simple it becomes to understand when i do not complicate it with, what about, what if, but, etc., etc., etc.. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, by holding onto the promises, following the examples and obeying the commands. i often look for the flip side of a verse. In this case the flip side to me looks like this.

19 “i can store up treasures here on earth, and moths will eat them and rust will destroy them, and thieves will break in and steal.

24“i can try to serve two masters. But i will pay attention to one and ignore the other; i will be devoted to one and despise the other.

25 “i can choose to worry about everyday life—whether i have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. 26 Who cares about birds. 27i can believe that all my worries add moments of pleasure to my life? Who cares about some old lilies and how they grow. Why do i have so little faith? i could write a book about what God has not done for me.

31 “So if i don’t worry who will care about ‘What i eat? What i drink? What i wear?’ 32 These things will dominate my thoughts  33 and as for Seeking the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously… well there will be plenty of time for that when i take care of all the rest of this. Today’s trouble is enough for today. You can say that again, why do you think i’m working so hard to take care of these things?

The flip side is just as clear as the truth.

SPECKA – Example to follow

Posted: May 25, 2011 in SPECKA
A boy doesn’t have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn’t like pie when he sees there isn’t enough to go around.
Edgar Watson Howe
SPECKA.  …a Sin to confess ….a Promise to hold …an Example to follow …a Command to obey … Knowledge to learn …an Applicationto apply.

The way it works is that i read a chapter, a group of verses or a single verse of the Bible and look for descriptions for each of the words in the passage. So in the following verses i’ll use bold red to expose the Sin to confess, or words that lead to sin. i’ll use bold blue to expose the Promise to keep words. i’ll use bold green to expose the Example to follow words.

Matthew 6:19-34  Teaching about Money and Possessions

 19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.

23But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

 24“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

 25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[d]above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Of course all this is subject to perspective. i don’t do it as gospel just as a guideline to help me go beyond reading and to learn to suck the honey from the Rock. That’s what great about this, it’s a guide not form and function. Each person may have different colors for different words or phrases and it is okay.

A hero (example to follow) is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Christopher Reeve

SPECKA – Promise to hold

Posted: May 24, 2011 in SPECKA

SPECKA.  …a Sin to confess ….a Promise to hold …an Example to follow …a Command to obey … Knowledge to learn …an Applicationto apply.

The way it works is that i read a chapter, a group of verses or a single verse of the Bible and look for descriptions for each of the words in the passage. So in the following verses i’ll use bold red to expose the Sin to confess, or words that lead to sin. Then i’ll use bold blue to expose the Promise to hold words.

Matthew 6:19-34  Teaching about Money and Possessions

 19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Both of these are statements of promise. If i do this or if i do that, i will get the promised result.

22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.

23But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

 24“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. This is not saying that i can’t have money, it is saying that i cannot serve money, my life cannot revolve around it and that is with or with out it. There is a better Master.

 25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

These words in blue help me to avoid the pitfalls of the previous red words. It’s as though I Am is saying be alert and on guard regarding the red words but know these blue words are promises that I have made to you and for you because I love you. There’s that Fatherly love picture again. The word is so complete.

I Promise…

If you need a friend, don’t look to a stranger,
You know in the end, I’ll always be there.

And when you’re in doubt, and when you’re in danger,
Take a look all around, and I’ll be there.

When your day is through, and so is your temper,
You know what to do, I’m gonna always be there.

Sometimes if I shout, it’s not what’s intended.
These words just come out, with no gripe to bear.

SPECKA – Sin to confess

Posted: May 23, 2011 in SPECKA

One of my challenges is to teach people how to read the Bible for themselves instead of depending on the words or teachings of others. That being said, i’m always on the lookout for ways to promote study and application of God’s Word.  i believe i need to move my western romance with information or knowledge on toward speedy obedience when it comes to me and the Bible.  Please don’t hear me saying that i am against education. i just think i get inoculated against the power of God’s Word to change my life when i become dependent on a “studied person” as opposed to seeing every person empowered to open the Scripture and experience the shaping work of the Holy Spirit.

For years i have read a verse or a group of verses regarding a particular topic and i would go about understanding it by doing the following. First i would look for the, “not to”, meaning what i should not do because it would be sin or at least lead to sin. Then i look to find my hope of not doing the “not to.” Next i hope to find an example to follow, whether it would be one of the disciples, a prophet, teacher or even Jesus Himself. i would then find instruction of what “to do.” And for me there must be a nugget, a piece of truth for me to learn for the future. Lastly there is no value unless i find ways to apply the word to my everyday life. Until recently i was not aware that there is a simple acronym that teaches how to do this.

i am not a big fan of acronyms, i suppose it comes from 5 years with a pastor that used them for everything. so i can’t believe i am going to go here but it does show some potential promise. The acronym is SPECKA.  …a Sin to confess ….a Promise to keep …an Example to follow …a Command to obey … Knowledge to learn …an Application to apply.

Clever, maybe so, but what does it do for solving the challenge i stated in the opening. The way it works is that i read a chapter, a group of verses or a single verse of the Bible and look for descriptions for each of the words in the passage. So in the following verses i will use bold red to expose the Sin to confess, or words that lead to sin.

Matthew 6:19-34  Teaching about Money and Possessions

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

 24“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

 25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[d]above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

i take these words as warnings or better yet as loving words spoken by a loving Father who does not want to see me His son get into trouble.