“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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FEAR | Kim Chipman
S~ When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them,because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you…the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. Deuteronomy 20:1, 4 (NIV)
O~ I’m realizing that I’ve let fear limit me. Like a lot. That’s not the most amazing realization because I don’t want that to be the case…but as I think about it I’m afraid to change it. I like my comfort zone. It’s, well, comfortable.
So what am I afraid of exactly? Failing. Being embarrassed. Wasting my energy on something useless. Not being liked. There’s something in me that holds back from going at things with complete abandon. Something that holds me back from being completely free.
I’m sure that’s the enemy because You died so I could live free. I remembered again over Easter just how much You suffered for my freedom. You go with me to bring victory.
A/P~ Lord, help me. Help me figure out what’s holding me back. What is it that has me in bondage. Help me to see it and dismantle it. You are with me, fighting for me. I love You!
A Changed Heart | Joni Tyner
S~ No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law, rather it is a change of heart. A person with a changed heart seeks praise from God—not people. Romans 2:29 (NLT)
O~ Paul is writing a letter to the Romans. Circumcision was an outward sign that a person was a Jew, that they followed the law. (male, of course! :O) Paul is saying true faith is represented by a changed heart, NOT outward behavior. For Christians, when we pray to receive Christ, we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says we are sealed.( Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 4:30) Our power to change comes from tapping into His power.
A~ My husband and I are in a life group and we are reading a book on the Holy Spirit. I have always understood the Trinity, but didn’t, quite honestly, think as much about the Holy Spirit as I did Jesus- the Son, and God-the Father. The Holy Spirit is a gift ALL true believers have. (Galatians 4:6) He is our constant Guide in troubled waters, He is the One who compassionately holds us during life’s most heartbreaking moments. It is His guidance that gently nudges us to perhaps reach out to someone, avoid sin, and become convicted to pursue our faith through reading the Word. (John 16:8-11)
Through the Holy Spirit, our hearts are changed. We are motivated to please God, to love others. It is His approval we seek. I believe that there are times that Christians should share with others. I remember missionaries showing slide shows from years ago and I was moved to give. (showing my age here with the slideshow comment.) I have had conversations with many Christians about their walk. Their obedience inspired me and my own faith was strengthened. I am writing on this website today because a Christian friend shared her heart for God’s Word and how it transformed her life. Her motivation was to grow closer to her Savior and walk in obedience. She certainly didn’t want people bragging and about her quiet time and posting pictures on facebook or Instagram. She shares her testimony because her life is more joyful through this discipline. She wants others to experience that joy—and then for those people to share with others so that God’s Kingdom grows. I’m pretty sure her heart is to have a “ripple effect” and have many, many people grow and read God’s Word. She doesn’t talk about reading the Bible so that others think she is a smart Bible girl; she shares to encourage and nudge others to grow in their faith.
P~ Sweet Jesus, I desire wisdom in knowing what parts of my faith I should share with others. Please open my eyes to see others who would be encouraged my actions and words. I desire to be transparent. Also, seal my lips when silence would give you more glory. I’m a people pleaser and I confess I sometimes worry what others think and if they approval of my actions. Please remove that from me, may I only seek Your favor.
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