September 5 Ezekiel 25,26,27,28; Revelation 10

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Tender Heart | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ And the Sovereign Lord says: Because you clapped and stamped and cheered with glee at the destruction of my people I will lift up my fist against you. Ezekiel 25:6,7 (NLT)

O~ God is pronouncing judgment against the Ammonites for cheering and enjoying the fall of Judah.  God does not rejoice when people fall even if it’s a consequence of their own sins.

A~ These verses remind me to keep my heart tender for people.

P~ Dear Father, sometimes when people have hurt me or taken advantage of me I confess, there isn’t a lot of compassion for them when things start to go wrong in their lives.  Please forgive me I need your perspective.  Please soften my heart for people and strengthen my trust in you.  I love you.

Changing My Heart and Seeing Hope | Michelle Myers

S~ They will live safely in the land and will build houses and plant vineyards.  They will live in safety after I have punished all the nations around them.  Then they will know that I am the LORD their God. Ezekiel 28:26 (NCV)

O/A~ Finally some good construction, instead of bad destruction….some hope.  The sins, disobedience, and consequences of it, in both Jeremiah and Ezekiel were really starting to take a toll on me.  I was putting myself in the story way too much, and it became a very shaming and dismal battle in my head.  It wasn’t even so much about me being the disobedient sinful one, that brought about all of the consequences, it was about having to unjustly pay the consequences.

Then there was a rash of stories about well known people having issues with what I would  classify as sexual addiction. In one case, the wife filed for divorce.  In the other case, which involved a man, who had preached strong, family Christian values, a magazine quoted a family member, saying that the wife is not angry.  It is ungodly for a woman to get angry.  Sorry God, if you delivered that memo to me, over 6 years ago, I wasn’t getting it.  I got angry!

Then last night, a person running for President, who is doing very well in the polls, started to attack another politician, who hasn’t even been in the spot light for a couple of years.  This man’s wife worked for one this Presidential candidate’s opponents a few years ago.  She stood by her husband, as his sexual addictions were made public.  Last night, this candidate called him a perv, and attacked his wife for standing by him.

I am finally starting to come out of my fog.  You are giving me revelations, as to where the shame and being stuck comes from.  First, I know that the enemy would like nothing more than for me to shut up about this topic, keep it hidden and behind closed doors, where it can fester, grow, and be more destructive.  Where people can isolate themselves in shame, whether they are the one sexually acting out or they are the spouse.  Addiction affects the entire family.  Addiction destroys families. The fact that I need not shut up about it, was confirmed by you yesterday, as I had coffee with a friend who said she had two women last week come to her, after catching their husbands engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior.

You are telling me to put my “big girl panties” back on, just like I had to when I was growing up in a dysfunctional family, just like I had to when I was teaching some of the toughest kids in an inner city, just like I had to when I had to leave my husband, and just like I had to when I had to confront my mom and finally cut off ties.  It is time for me to suck it up, and hold my head high.  I need to trust YOU and the guidance YOU are giving me.

I also got from YOU that I have a husband that is changing and healing.  I have not always made this easy for him, but he has been committed.  I need to recognize that, and the good that we have now, so I can have hope.  Other people, who have faced, are facing, or will face similar issues in their marriage, need to know that there is hope.  So much of my own shame, battles in my head, stubbornness, and lack of trust in YOU; have kept me from seeing that.

My life has not turned out the way I planned.  I do see YOUR plans in it.  I may live in a smaller home, but my family is closer.  I may struggle with my pre-teen and teenage daughter, but we have a better relationship overall, and they now have 2 parents who are engaged in them and a more stable living environment.  My marriage still has its, challenges, but we are more husband and wife than we have been in years.  We are becoming friends again…dating, chatting, and enjoying each other.  I don’t see my husband as a perv, addict, or even any more of a messy sinner than I am.  He has issues, just like everyone else.  He is dealing with them.  He is humbling himself and trying to do the best he can to make amends for what he has done.  That takes more courage than ignoring the issues, keeping them and him hidden, and allowing the enemy to destroy his life.

Tonight he is participating in a fantasy football league.  He used to do this with his frat brothers every year.  It caused many problems, because they met at a casino, drank a lot, and he would come home after a whole day and night out, not having the energy to be a husband or dad.  This time it is different.  It is with guys that he works with.  They are meeting at one of the manager’s bank branches.  It will be a late night, but not all night.  He talked it over with me, prior to agreeing to join.  Today, as I was shopping, I was happy for him.  I want him to do things he enjoys, and football has always been a passion of his.  I want him to socialize in healthy ways.  He does once or twice a week with other addicts, but I want him to have other friends.  I don’t want his addiction to be his identity, anymore than I want it to be mine.  I texted him and let him know all of what I just wrote, as well as, tell him how much I love him.  That God, is definitely YOU changing my heart and healing me.

P~ Thank you for my husband.  Thank you for my girls.  Thank you for YOUR truth.  Thank you for YOUR courage.  I may not always see or understand what You are doing, but I trust You, and I trust that You have my back when the enemy is telling me lies, messing with my head, trying to pit my family members against one another, and trying to shame me to shut me up.  I don’t have all the answers for others are supposed to do in their messes of sexual addiction.  I have empathy, understanding, my story, and the hope that healing is possible, with YOU.

Content in the Not Knowing | Kelley DeAses

S~ And when the seven thunders spoke I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”  Revelation 10:4 (NIV)

O~ This verse has an annotation in my study Bible stating that such passages as these remind us we don’t know everything about the future — only God does.  Then the note references Proverbs 25:2, which reads: “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”  When I actually turned to this verse in my Bible, I have a handwritten note there saying “Chase Him:  Seek Out God’s Presence.  Pastor Ty Schenzel 12-13-09.”

A~ What a sweet gift God gave me this morning!  The memory of a message delivered by an amazing man of God who just went to be with Jesus a couple short weeks ago.  And at the heart of this Scripture, we are reminded we are not meant to understand everything about the future, about who God is, or even why He would choose to take a beloved pastor and his wife in the prime of their lives and in the midst of doing vital ministry, but it is about chasing Him and His Presence.  Not answers, just God.  Sometimes it’s just about being content in the not knowing, knowing God is there with me in it.

P~ Father, As they are brought to mind again today, thank You for the lives of Your sweet servants Ty and Terri Schenzel.  And thank You even in the tension between chasing hard after You, but never fully being able to grab hold of all of who You are.  You are a God too big for us to fully comprehend, but yet You meet us and give us our portion.  Even above our need to know, help us to first and foremost desire You.

I Am Ready | Jill Terry

S~ and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, WHO CREATED HEAVEN AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE EARTH AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE SEA AND THE THINGS IN IT, that there will be delay no longer.
Revelation 10:6 (NAS)

O~ It is time. Jesus is coming back to fulfill final prophecy. Almighty God has promised this conclusion.

A~ I can’t wait for Jesus to come back!

I remember when I first became a Christian. My husband and I joined a Sunday school class studying Revelation.(Seriously, the wrong class for a new believer.) One of the men in the class said, “ I can’t wait for Jesus to come back!” and I was shocked. I just could not fathom how a person could think that or want it all to be over.

I get it now. I’m ready for the pain, the strife, the struggle of this sinful world to go away. I am ready for even the good to go away so that I can be in Heaven with Jesus! My thoughts keep swirling around this notion of wondering why people try so hard to stay alive if they know the truth of what is waiting for them on the other side? Heaven is going to be such a glorious place, I can only imagine the wondrous realm of heaven that awaits believers. This thought just makes me want to make sure that all of those I love and even those I don’t know will be going to Heaven with me. The thought of anyone perishing and spending eternity in hell frightens and saddens me. I just need to figure out what to do to so that I can make sure as many people as possible will be with me in Heaven someday.

P~ Thank you Jesus for increasing my knowledge so that I am no longer afraid. I am ready. Amen

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  1. Thank you Michelle for persevering!

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