“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 path we walk | guest post
S~ So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech. Ruth 2:3 (NLT)
O~ I wonder how many barley fields there were. As Ruth got to the road out of town, how did she know to turn left or right? I wonder if anyone encouraged her to go to Boaz’s fields because he was a relative or did they ignore her because she was from Moab? However it worked out, Ruth found herself in Boaz’s fields. The author makes it sound like chance, but I have no doubt that the Lord was making Ruth’s path straight to Boaz’s field.
A~ Ruth’s story is literally her walking on paths. She walked from Moab to Bethlehem. From the house to Boaz’s fields. From the house to the threshing floor. Did Ruth know she was being obedient and following the Lord’s path?
P~ Father, what an example of Ruth! Thank You! A foreigner that You took into Your fold and set her paths straight! Just like me 🙂 Please set me and keep me on Your path! I LOVE YOU! In Jesus’ Name I pray! Amen!
A Refuge | Kelley Deases
S~ For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. Psalm 61:3 (NIV)
O~ God proved Himself faithful to David time and time again. He was a refuge in David’s times of trouble. The Lord remains that for those who would seek the strength and security in the unshakable tower He offers.
A~ We had an intense time as we shared our hearts with one another in Bible study the other day. We were specifically grieving for marriages struggling, failing and already torn asunder. Our hearts break to witness the pain and brokenness of husbands, wives, children and extended families and communities who are devastated by whatever sin, selfishness, apathy or unforgiveness destroyed the covenant God meant to be upheld. But as one of our sweet sisters so aptly prayed, “Let this be our mission field. Use us as a place of refuge for those who are hurting.” Those of us who have known the beauty and safety of God’s strong tower want to, in turn, be that in a fallen world.
P~ Father, Help me to be, in my own small and imperfect way, a refuge in the storm, as You have always been to me.
Love Strengthens | Kim Chipman
S~ But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. 1 Corinthians 8:1b (NLT)
O~ Knowing things – being educated and knowledgeable – that looks good and makes us feel good. It can be a gift, too, I think…but it isn’t what is important to God. Love is. Love grows “the church” – believers like me grow with love. And the church grows in numbers with love.
A~ The Pharisees knew a lot of stuff, people now days know a lot of stuff, too. But that doesn’t mean I love well. Jesus wrapped up all the commandments into “love God, love others”. Anyone can do that. Rich, poor, educated or not. No one has to meet any minimum standards or pass a test to love well. Love is what strengthens the church. What strengthens US.
P~ Thank you for the reminder of where to focus my energy…to love well. Help me to love well, it’s hard! I love You.
Does Our Freedoms Cause Others to Sin? | Joni Tyner
S~ But you must be careful that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble. 1 Corinthians 8:9 (NLT)
O~ We have freedom in Christ. We aren’t subject to the old laws, rules, “have-tos” that we see in the Old Testament. There were so many laws required to be considered holy. There is freedom! Over the last month I’ve gained a new appreciation of that through the Old Testament readings. We do have freedom.
Second observation: People, (non-believers) are watching us. They see our lives and think, “hey, they are doing it, I guess that makes it ok.” The problem is, sometimes what is appropriate for one person, causes another person to fall into patterns of sinful behavior.
A~ One of the freedoms that comes to mind when I read this passage is the drinking of alcohol. The Bible warns us to not be drunk, but also gives accounts of Jesus and his disciples drinking wine. Some Christians completely abstain from drinking, others drink wine, some drink beer and other drinks. I personally don’t judge either way. I do see, for some people, moderation is difficult and a slippery slope. For some people, moderation becomes more frequently and that can lead to an expensive habit, it can cause pain for others (drunk driving accidents), it can also lead to other sin. Alcohol can lower inhibitions and contribute to pornography, gambling problems and other sexual sin. I think this is what this passage is talking about.
P~ Lord, I want to be a good witness for you. Give me discernment in life situations. I want to make decisions that honor you in every aspect of my life.
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