Monthly Archives: April 2018
“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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God’s Economy | Kelly Deases
S~ “Though while he lived he counted himself blessed — and men praise you when you prosper — he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light of life.” Psalm 49:18 (NIV)
O~ The world’s measure of a successful life is vastly different than God’s. Wealth, possessions, status, power, fame, and pleasure are desirable commodities, and we envy those we see as having more of any of these than we ourselves possess. But when we take a broader view, we come to the inescapable conclusion that all of these are: (1) fleeting; (2) not worthy of our precious time on this earth striving to attain; and (3) not ultimately fulfilling even if we did.
A~ I have a family member who once lived a life devoted to the Lord, but now, after years of small compromises made in the pursuit of wealth, status, and ego, and pulling away from his wife and children, his church, and his God, is now embroiled in an extramarital affair, on the brink of a divorce, all but alienated from his teenage children, living outside of the family home, and facing the demise of his business as well. So many of us have been praying for a Divine wake-up call to rouse him from this clouded, self-serving deception and allow him to see the devastation he is causing, but also to realize that “… with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26) and even these gaping holes can be repaired and lives redeemed. Before it is too late and he no longer has the chance to turn back.
P~ Abba Father, I plead for the life of my relative. Spirit, though he has been smothering Your influence for some time, I pray You would break through and convict him and guide him back to Your loving and forgiving arms. I pray this in the power of Jesus’ mighty name.
What do I really need? | Carrie Newell
S~ “So don’t be dismayed when the wicked grow rich, and their homes become more splendid.” Psalm 49:16 (NLT)
O~ This psalm is a warning about trusting in the things of this world, especially money. It is also about being jealous of what others have.
A~ Sometimes I feel like we will never get ahead with our finances. Something always comes up. And then I see people who have priorities other than God making it rich. Big houses, nice cars, vacations…. ahhh vacations. And the green monster in me comes out. I want all those things too. But, I know that those things aren’t lasting. Those things are just that- things. My family and I have recently decided to move into a smaller home, for a lot of reasons, but sometimes I wonder if this is God’s way of opening our eyes to how much we truly have- and how much we don’t NEED. That the space we live in isn’t really the important thing, but it’s who lives in the space, and how we choose to focus our time, energy, talents and thoughts.
P~ Lord, you are more than enough. Thank you for all that you’ve given us, and for the new home in our near future. Thank you for always providing for our needs. I love you! Amen.
The Company You Keep | Marisa Tomlinson
S~ I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. Romans 16:17 (NIV)
O~ Paul is worried about the Romans turning away from God. Paul is encouraging the early church to surround themselves with others that will help them grow in their faith, rather than detract. It’s been said that the 5 people you surround yourself with most shape the kind of person you are. The Roman church was surrounded with people worshiping Roman gods. The Romans thought of themselves as highly religious, and attributed their success as a world power to their collective piety in maintaining good relationships with the gods. I can only imagine the opposition the early Christians must have had at first.
A~ It’s so true in my life that those I spend the most time with influence me. It’s easier for me to let my language slide when those around me have no filter; it’s easier to eat all the desserts (even when I’m trying to be healthier) when those around me are indulging; etc…
It’s ALSO easier, to spend my quiet time with God when those around me do; or stay calm and even keeled with my kids; or get in my exercise…
Paul knew what many sociologists study: surround yourself with who you want to be.
P~ Lord, thank you for the people you’ve placed in my life that lead me to be closer to You. Please let me be a light for those around me as well. Help me open my eyes to those that are negative influencers and reestablish healthy boundaries with them. Thank you for the wisdom of Your word that teaches and challenges me daily.
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