“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NLT) The heart of this ministry is to inspire a love for God’s Word and encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading and SOAP journaling. 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.
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For the Sinners | Marisa Hartman
S~ Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race. Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts. May the Lord silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue— those who say, “By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us? Psalm 12:1-4 (NIV)
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ Matthew 9:11-13 (NIV)
O~ David begs help of God. He sees the people around him are sinful and assures himself, that God will punish them, and preserve the just. David was a sinner, like everyone else, capable of being enticed. He lusted after a married woman, committed adultery with her, and then had her husband killed so that he could marry her. But he was called a man after God’s heart. Deep down, far below his sin, he longed to do God’s will and was devastated when confronted with his failure. He sinned greatly and repented greatly. When he is pleading for God’s help, he’s asking for the people around them to be changed by God. He wants to see them repent as he did and knows only God can precipitate that change.
Jesus sought the outcasts and sinners. In His great wisdom and mercy, He knew who needed Him most. He, like David, wants to see repentance and change. How can the sinner change without healing and forgiveness? Jesus came to call the sinner home through the only way they can get there; heart change and surrender to Christ. Jesus left the throne of God, became a man, and felt ALL of our sin. He is the great physician for mankind.
A~ My sin weighs heavy on my heart some days, and others I find myself mentally calling out others. As I read, learn, and listen I become more focused on repentance and redemption for myself AND others. I am sick and I need my doctor. Am I “living and loving like Jesus”? Am I seeking Him daily with humility? Jesus endured so much so that we could be reconciled to Him. He deserves my repentance and change. His mercy demands to be shared. If I can align my heart with His and accept His healing, I can… just maybe… lead others to the same.
P~ Jesus, I am sick with sin. My heart is heavy and burdened. I have ignored those you call me to love. I have been selfish and unkind. Forgive me Lord. I need you to clear the corners of my heart and sew me back up with compassion and grace. You sought me when I was so lost. Thank you for continuing to pursue me. I acknowledge Your power in my life. With You, everything is better. Without You, I wander into darkness. Your goals are my goals. Thank you for redemption. Amen
Such Scum | Kimi Miller
S~ Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners. Matthew 9:13 (NLT)
O~ The Pharisees wondered why Jesus associated with “such scum.” They were so blind, they didn’t even see that they were the ones who needed Jesus most.
A~ I am in a comfortable Christian bubble. I want to be around those who society says don’t deserve love. I want to show them Your love. Perhaps this is what this new season is about for me.
P~ My life is Yours. I know that I am nothing without You, Jesus. It is Your righteousness that makes me righteous. It is Your grace that brings me life. It is Your love that compels me. I am so, so grateful for You. Thank You for loving me the way only You can – with everything You have. I love you, too. Amen
Worthy | Jessie Papinchock
S~ Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, ‘If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.’ Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, ‘Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.’ And the woman was healed at that moment. Matthew 9:20-22 (NLT)
O~ Jesus is surrounded by a crowd of people, on his way with Jairus to heal his daughter when this encounter occurs. At first glance this seems like it would be a major inconvenience to Jesus who would now be considered unclean for having come in contact with a bleeding woman. And inconvenient for Jairus who desperately needs Jesus to come to his daughters aid.
A~ Lately, I’ve believed the lie that God doesn’t have time for me and my complicated circumstances. He is busy with others more deserving of His grace and deliverance than me. SUCH A BIG LIE! His heart is to bring restoration and wholeness to our lives, not leave us broken. He delights in us and calls us His sons and daughters. God keeps bringing me back to this story. This woman knew if she could just touch His clothing, even the slightest touch would set her free. It would have been easy to reject this woman and just keep walking. She was unclean and a outcast because of it. She was one woman in a huge crowd of people all pressing in to see Jesus. And yet, He stopped, He sought her out and reaffirmed her faith and called her ‘daughter’. He stopped everything He was doing to love this desperate woman. This was no inconvenience for Him. Our pain, desperation, tears, uncertainties… all of it matters to God. He counts us worthy.
P~ God may I have faith like this!! To be so completely in love with you and your Words that I know nothing else but the truths of who you are. May these evidences of your gentle mercies and incredible love, become my foundation when my world is shaken. Thank you for the countless times I have received your deliverance and even now, I say thank you! While our circumstances are still hard, I know you have not left us. Thank you for all the ways you show yourself to be present. You love us so well. Thank you for counting me worthy.
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