February 10, 2018 Exodus 22,23; Matthew 10

“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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Worship You Alone | Kim Chipman

S~ They must not live in your land, or they will cause you to sin against me. If you serve their gods, you will be caught in the trap of idolatry. Exodus 23:33 (NIV)

O~ God warns the Israelites – like LOTS of times – not to have relationship with the people living in their land. They were to drive them all out, not marry them, not make agreements with them, nothing. The very first commandment God gave was to have no other gods before Him and clearly He knew that temptation would be great if that’s who they were hanging around with.

A~ I’m pretty sure that’s the same today. It’s easy to desire worldly things and adopt wrong thoughts and attitudes if I spend time with people who think that way.

I see this most clearly in my kids right now. They are all teens and I’m very conscious of who they spend time with. I don’t want bad influences to pull them off track. They are impressionable.

The thing is that I’m not much different. My years have made me more aware of certain things, but I can still be influenced (for good or bad). There are people in my life that are for sure sharpening and inspire me to be a better version of me. I know I need to be a light for the lost, but I do need to balance that with guarding my heart. Worshiping the world is easy.

P~ Lord help me to stay strong. Help me to remember how important guarding my heart is. Help me to remain focused on You. Be with my children. Speak to their hearts and draw them to You. I love You!

I’m a Sheep | Joni Tyner

S~ Look I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be  shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16 (NLT)

O~ Jesus is teaching the disciples about appropriate behavior among non-believers.  (especially the Pharisees)

A~ This really jumped off the page to me.  First off, I am such a sheep.  I am extremely timid when it comes to being around non-believers and they get a attitude about something that conflicts with my beliefs and values.   This scripture is reminding me that Jesus is going before me and knows I am going to be in this situation.  I should expect and be prepared for it.  As my Bible notes say, “we should be sensible and prudent, not like gullible pawns, but find the balance between wisdom and vulnerability to accomplish God’s work. “   I want this attitude, but quite honestly, I can’t say that I’ve prayed much for this balance.  I frequently have this misguided thought that I can just avoid all the “hard” Christian moments and emulate Mother Theresa and Bob Goff.  (both of whom I greatly admire!!)   Jesus is speaking to me today to find BALANCE and occasionally be a snake for His Kingdom.

P~ Dear Lord, You wired me to love people and have compassion, I know this is not an accident and is part of Your plan for my life.  I also know You have led me in the last 10 years to grow in my love of Your Word and knowledge of the Bible.  I pray that everything I learn and know is used to represent You with excellence.  I am reminded that You are my shepherd in this world, You protect and go before me.  Please give me new courage to do this assignment well.

Complete Trust | guest post

S~ Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness…Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give…“Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave…On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  Matthew 10:1, Matthew 10:8-10 and Matthew 10:18-20 (NIV)

O~ Jesus gave the disciples authority to Heal disease and drive out spirits. He told them to heal the sick, raise the dead cleanse those with leprosy and drive out demons. He reminded that they have received freely and should thus give freely. He then tells then that they should not take any money with them or material goods for they would be worth their keep. He tells them they are to stay at the house of a worthy person in each town or village they enter. He also tells them they will stand before governors and kings to be witnesses but will be given words directly from the Holy spirit so they do not have to worry about what to say.

A~ It is funny the way Jesus prepares to send out his disciples compared to the way most of us would send someone out for any trip..especially to do work for them. Even on just a small trip, we pack as much as possible, trying to meet that person’s every need….shorts in case it is hot, pants in case it is cold, an umbrella in case it rains, extra food in case you get hungry, etc. Jesus instead says to his disciples that they can’t take anything. When we are about to send someone out to speak for us, we spend long hours prepping them on what to say. We have them practice and we critique them, until the message is just right. Jesus instead says, don’t worry about it…the Holy spirit will give you the words at the right time.  Jesus placed a high calling on the disciples. He gave them authority to do miracles. In doing so, he also called them to complete dependence on God. He would not allow them to find their strength or sustenance in anything that was worldly or could be attributed to the work of their own hands. They could not rely on their paychecks, or their friends, or anything. They HAD to rely on God alone. As God, calls us to do more for Him, He also will call us to trust Him more. He will take away what we have depended on so that He becomes all that we depend on. This process is scary and painful. It can feel as if he is pulling everything out from under us…like He is throwing us over a cliff. How great though when we understand that it is no longer rock upon which we stand, but in the palm of the hand of the Great Redeemer…the Creator of Heaven and Earth…The Alpha and the Omega…The Great Provider…The Shepherd…The Prince of Peace…The Lord of Lords…The Most High God.

P~ Lord, I often want you to provide me with things that make me feel secure. I want you to show me your way and each detail of how you will provide for me so that I feel confident to walk along the path you call me to. Thank you for reminding me that when I ask you to reveal to me your plan I am actually putting trust in the earthly provisions you give, rather than you. Help me to want you alone. Help me to rely on you alone. Help me to embrace not having the answers so that I am forced to rely solely on your knowledge, solely on your provisions, solely on your words. It scares me completely to pray this prayer, but I don’t want to pass up the opportunity to miss out on your calling in exchange for my own need for security. Help me to trust in you completely. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

Going Out | guest post

S~ Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves.  So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16(NLT)

O~ Jesus is preparing to send out His disciples to share the Good News.

A~ After a long weekend with my family, I don’t want to go back to work.  I want to hang out with my people and make them dinner and talk.

But God has better plans!  I’m being sent out and get to touch the lives of a handful of women.

P~ Jesus, today, I don’t really want to go to work.  I’m overwhelmed with the darkness, chaos, and hurt in their lives.  And the difficult conversations I must have this week and assessments for safety I need to do.

I do feel like a sheep among wolves!  Help me bring Your truth, Your Light amongst this darkness!  Give me Your eyes and ears, to be shrewd like a snake and harmless as a dove.

And remind this is Your work, not mine!  Help me to work like I’m working for You!  Not to us O Lord, not to us, but to Your Name be the glory!

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