January 26, 2017 Genesis 46,47; John 16:25-17:19

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These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish.

You Have Saved My Life | Kelley Deases

S~ “You have saved our lives,” they said. “May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be in bondage to Pharaoh.” Genesis 47:25 (NIV)

O~ Despite all his brothers had done in the past to alienate Joseph and divide the family, Joseph invited them to his home in Egypt, helps them stay afloat and feed their families even in the midst of a brutal famine throughout the land. In exchange, the brothers are willing to pledge all they have — their land and their very lives — to Pharaoh, as by his mercy they have been allowed to farm and eat and live.

A~ This paints the perfect picture of our stance in relation to the Father and the Son. Despite our past sin and rejection of Jesus, He forgives us and invites us to be restored as family with Him. Jesus acts as the same intermediary as Joseph on our behalf, pleading with the Father how we should share in His abundant wealth and resources. And out of our gratitude for how the Father and Son acted in concert to save our lives, we should respond just as the brothers did here.

P~  Father, Often the profound meaning behind these words escapes me, but I need to fully grasp — and fully live — them: “You, God, have saved my life. May I find favor in Your eyes, Lord; I will be in bondage to You and You alone.”

Transforming Truth | Kim Chipman

S~ Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth. John 17:17 (NIV)

O~ Jesus is praying for His disciples. He prayed for them to have joy, be unified, be protected while in the world, and be sanctified by Your Word.

sanctify [sangk-tuh-fahy] verb 1. to make holy, set apart as sacred; consecrate 2. purify or free from sin

My study Bible notes say: ” Daily appreciation of God’s Word has a purifying effect on our minds and hearts. Scripture points out sin, motivates us to confess, renews our relationship with Christ, and guides us back to the right path.”

A~ I’ve been reminded lately of the importance of the application piece of the SOAPing process. If I sit here with You in the early morning dark hours and connect with You and hear from You but don’t do what You say I will never be transformed (sanctified).

James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

P~ Lord, help me to think and live according to Your Word, not just learn about it. I love You!

Set apart by Your Word | Nikki Metzger

S~ Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth. John 17:17 (NIV)

O~ This is part of Jesus’ prayer for Himself, the disciples, and future believers.  Sanctify means to set apart for sacred use, be cleansed and made holy.

A~ Believers are set apart for sacred use, cleansed, and made holy out of all the peoples in the world.  This is done through God’s Word, the truth.  So, the words of Jesus and the Scriptures are truth and they are what make us holy.

P~ Holy Father, sanctify me by the truth.  Sanctify my family by the truth.  Sanctify my fellow believers at church by the truth.  Sanctify my community by the truth!  Set Your Spirit over me, my family, my church, my community and give us courage and strength to be sanctified!  Open our eyes and hearts and mind to Your Word, the truth!  Make us holy instruments to advance Your Kingdom!  I pray this in Jesus’ Name!

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