Daily Archives: April 14, 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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The Power Posture | Vicki Burns
S~ Then Joshua fell face down to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” Joshua 5:14 (NIV)
We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world. I Corinthians 4:10-13
O~ So how do we get to the place where God’s power flows through us? Well, it seems to be when we’ve given up, rather, it’s the place where we surrender our will to God’s will. I liken it to being in a speeding car that will surely crash with me in the driver seat so I “posture” myself to get out of the way and let the expert take over. My goal? To get out of the way! “Face down to the ground in reverence” is the recurring posture of God’s leaders when faced with overwhelming circumstances; Moses at the burning bush; Moses and Aaron at Korah’s Rebellion. There, the business of the day was intercession in response to gross guilt and offense before God. With Moses and Joshua, God was interjecting Himself into the story. Here it was declared both times, “15…Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” When God suddenly shows up, the safest place is down and out of the way in reverence.
A~ Whether God is confronting us or we are beseeching Him for mercy in intercession or we need instruction or guidance, the proper posture is “face down to the ground.” It is a visual proclamation to God that we acknowledge He is in control here and that we submit, we yield to Him who formed us in the womb and is always good and righteous.
This posture also powerfully proclaims to our own arrogant flesh that we serve God and not ourselves or another. It is, in fact a posture of worship. Being prostrate on the ground is not only for the physical body. We may not like to hear it or think about it but our arrogant flesh needs to be postured within a humble, prostrated life.
Look how Paul, arguably the most powerful apostle of the New Testament, lived out his life before the world. The posture of the Christian life he exemplified is on display as he shares, “We are fools…;” “We are weak…;” “…we are dishonored!” “…we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless;” “12We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world. I Corinthians 4:10-13
If there is a way to live a life that shows reverence for God, is it not through the life of our Servant Savior, Jesus Christ by the sacrifice of His own life? Is it not through the likes of our example in Paul? What about Job?
The times are changing in our world. Where once Christians were honored and trusted, increasingly, we are becoming despised and hated. We are being confronted with evil. Do we know and are we ready to embrace the “posture of power?” We must gird ourselves for battle by practicing the posture…the posture of humility, intercession and worship. We must let the fire of God’s Holy Spirit burn the chaff of arrogance off us and steel us, God’s people, for war and service.
P~ Oh merciful Father, Your ways are past our finding out! Astoundingly, You have set apart for Yourself, a people who are called by Your name! Prepare our hearts, I pray. Help us make friends with Your given “power posture” of self sacrifice, surrender and worship before You that we may receive Your instruction and learn Your heart and ways. Purge from our lives all pride and arrogance that we may serve You as fit vessels to bring Your glory to a lost and dying world. Through the powerful name above all names, Jesus Christ the Savior of the World! Amen!
He Fills our Gap | Joni Tyner
S~ And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. Romans 8:26 (NLT)
O~ 1. True believers are sealed with the Holy Spirit when they believe. (Eph 1:13-14) He (The Holy Spirit) is our helper. He was given to us as a gift to help us.
2. We can’t be good at everything. We are given certain gifts and our personalities bend us a certain way. We may be really good in one area of obedience and weaker in another. ( Romans 12:6-8) That is why God gives us the Holy Spirit. To help us.
3. Sometimes life is hard. Crazy hard. Overwhelming. It can overtake us and collapse us so that we can’t even talk, the words can’t be formed. Our minds, at that moment, can’t even pray, we simply call out, “Jesus”… and we cry and groan and need to be held by our loving Comforter, the Holy Spirit.
A~ I’ve been there. I have lots of weaknesses. I’m not good at evangelizing, at sharing the salvation plan. I’m not great at praying. I feel awkward and tongue-tied. There have been times in my life when I KNEW that God was calling me to do something. As an example, about 13 years ago my dad was dying and the end was near. He had always said he wouldn’t go to heaven. ( I don’t know exactly why, it’s sometimes the hardest to have those conversations with family.) I was a believer but didn’t know many Bible passages. I was weak in knowledge and sharing and prayer. I also knew I was the only person who could share and pray with my dad, so I went to the hospital and did my best. I tried but didn’t do it like I thought I should. My heart was breaking at my own weakness. I prayed and he said he believed, but I wasn’t sure I had “did it right”. I was grieved by my inadequacies. As I shared this experience later in a life group, someone told me about this verse and it comforted me. The Holy Spirit was there helping me. He was filling in the gap of my weakness. He saw my sincere heart.
Another time the Holy Spirit comforted me and stood in the gap was when we received a 3am phone call that our son was in jail. I fell to the floor, I knew I needed Jesus but didn’t even know how to pray for the situation. I was broken. I was weak. I simply held my Bible and cried, “Jesus, Jesus, help us.” I couldn’t find words to express my fear, my disappointment, my pain. I believe the Father knew all that wasn’t expressed in prayer in my mother’s heart.
P~ Father, thank you for the precious gift of the Holy Spirit that is there for every single need. I pray all believers will embrace this wonderful gift for their most difficult moments. Thank you that you will always stand in the gap of my weaknesses. I want to grow in my weakness and I know You are helping me to push forward. Thank you for being patient and growing me.
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