December 13, 2017 Micah 5-7; Luke 9:21-62

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My Source of Peace | Kimi Miller

S~ And he will be the source of peace. Micah 5:5a (NLT)

O~ According to the notes in my Bible, Micah was a prophet; he actually predicted Christ’s birthplace hundreds of years before Jesus was born. This chapter provides one of the clearest Old Testament prophecies of Christ’s coming. The key descriptive phrase, “And he will be the source of peace.” See John 14:27

A~ Peace of mind and heart can only come from Christ. It is a peace the world (and I) cannot explain. When my mind and heart are troubled, I need to run to Christ for resolution and peace – not my own understanding or wisdom.

P~ Holy Spirit, Thank you for being my helper. Thank you, Jesus, for your gift of peace. I love you. Amen.

One Of My Favorites | Kim Chipman

S~ He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 (NIV)

O~ The Lord is making His case and judging Israel for their sin. Israel responds by offering to make great ritual burnt sacrifices in order to make up for it. But God doesn’t want rituals. He wants transformed hearts, minds, and lives. That looks like justice, mercy, and humbly walking with God.

This verse is on the wall in my kitchen. I need to remember it. Humbly walking with you is a continual process.

A~ While burnt sacrifices aren’t really a thing anymore, I’m quick to try to make things right with You by DOing. I’m so convicted lately that isn’t what You want. You want my heart’s affection to be more than my affection for other stuff. You want me to humbly walk with You. Quit being selfish and live for You and others. Pour out my life sacrificially. I feel like I’ve been complacent and it’s time to step it up.

P~ Thank You for Your Word. Help me to live sacrificially. I love You!

Waiting for God to Make Things Right | Tara Wiley

S~ But as for me, I’m not giving up

I’m sticking around to see what God will do!

I’m waiting for God to make things right.

I’m counting on God to listen to me. Micah 7:7 (MSG)

O~ The Bible is one amazing God-story. Beginning to end, it’s filled with multi-dimensional characters, shocking plot twists, and stunning leaps of faith. Woven throughout like a scarlet thread is the love story of God’s redemption plan. Reading His story serves as a powerful reminder: it’s worth sticking around to see what He will do. He always makes things right. He always listens.

A~ Knowing God’s trustworthy character strengthens my ability to endure hard times. The story is not over. He is still at work. And I can trust that He WILL make all things right.

P~ Lord, when I get discouraged by all the brokenness of this world – the pain, the war, the agony of torn relationships and lost loved ones – I can remember Your faithfulness to make all things right. In Your perfect way, You are working, even when I cannot see You. Today, during a season of relative ease, it’s easy for me to say those words. But the next challenge will come, guaranteed. Remind me then of this truth: persistence pays off. When I stick around, the stake of my faith firmly in the ground, I get to see what only YOU can do.

Cross carrying | Nikki Metzger

S~ Then He said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9:23 (NIV)

O~ Jesus’ teaching on following Him squeezes my heart every.time.  I’m good with the following Jesus part, I struggle with denying myself and carrying my cross.  Carrying my cross means full and total submission to Christ, even to the point of pain and death and uncomfortableness.

A~ Last week at work, I was letting my feelings and emotions boss me around.  I had an intense interaction with a very arrogant and rude person, who was wrong, btw.  After it was over, I gathered everyone around me to justify what a horrible person they were.  Typing this, I’m actually embarrassed that I did this.

Jesus says to deny myself.  I can deny me of speaking rude to the horrible person.  Jesus says to carry my cross daily. I can submit to Him and Him alone when I encounter mean people.  I don’t need to rally people to my side to justify anything.  And I can follow Jesus by praying this person and loving them like Christ.

P~ Abba, thank You for last week and that interaction!  I know that I will be allowed more of those interactions because You love me and want me to be love to the unloveable.  May my actions and words line up with what I’m thinking!  I pray this in Jesus’ Name because I know I CANNOT do this on my own!

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