March 7, 2018 Numbers 1,2; Acts 7:1-32

“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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Faith not fear | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ Then the high priest asked Stephen, “Are these accusations true?” Acts 7:1 (NLT)

O~ Stephen was falsely accused of blasphemy.  Now he’s brought before the council and is asked this question.

A~ Just writing about picturing myself in Stephen’s shoes produces fear. I can’t imagine what I would do if this was me. I think I might not have the right thing to say. And then you remind me again and again. The outcome is in your hands. I don’t need to think of the right thing to say that will produce a certain outcome, because I don’t have that power. But what I can do is share what you have done for me. Then rest in knowing that my life is in your hands and not theirs.

P~ Heavenly Father, thank you for all that you have done for me. I need your help in this area. Somehow my eyes come off of you and I see the people, and the circumstances and then there’s fear.  But you stand with me. I don’t have to fear. Please grow my faith in this area. I love you. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Trust God’s Timing | Susan Aken

S~ “Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not.” Acts 7:25 (NIV)

O~ Stephen, who is about to be stoned, gives a speech outlining the history of the Israelites. In telling about when Moses killed the Egyptian, we see that Moses felt the call to deliver his people when he was still in Pharaoh’s house. Yet it would be 40 years before God used him. He felt the call but his timing was different from God’s. By the time God called him, he had given up on it. Moses was in his prime, in a powerful position and ready yet God waited until he was a nobody at the age of 80 and in exile living in the desert to say, “it is time.” God’s timing was different from Moses’s timing.

A~ I have often felt I knew God’s will in something yet when it didn’t happen in my timing, I doubted. Moses took action in his own way and had to flee for his life. By the time God was ready to use him Moses no longer believed he could do it. He now saw himself as weak. The first time, he trusted in his own strength and failed. The second time he trusted completely on God’s strength and succeeded. When God calls me to do something, it is not about me. It is all about Him and trusting in His power. I had a dream for a child yet it did not happen and the door seemed closed. We tried manipulating things to make it happen. The door was closed. Then God, in His time, gave us an unexpected miracle. In His time, in His way, He gave us a chance to adopt when we had not even thought that was an option and we were parents in less than 24 hr. and I became a mom at the age of 39. I thought I would be a mom in my twenties. I thought I would give birth. God had a better plan for me.

P~ Thank you Father! Thank you for your timing. Your ways are better than my ways. Help us trust your timing and help us not give up on what you have called us to do. It will happen in your time.

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