“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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Just Do It | Kim Chipman
S~ As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done. 1 Kings 11:4, 6 (NIV)
O~ From my study Bible: “Although Solomon had clear instructions from God not to marry women from foreign nations, he chose to disregard God’s commands. He married not one, but many foreign women, who subsequently led him away from God. God knows our strengths and weaknesses, and his commands are always for our good. When people ignore God’s commands, negative consequences inevitably result. It is not enough to know God’s Word or even to believe it; we must follow it and apply it to our daily activities and decisions. Take God’s commands seriously. Like Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, we are not as strong as we may think.”
A~ Oh, man. You have been reminding me of this lately so much. I love to read and I’ve read a couple really great books lately about eating habits (Body Love by Kelly Leveque) and just habits in general (Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin). Quite honestly for about a year I have just not been the person I want to be when it comes to habits and daily discipline. And books are great, but obviously Your Word trumps all.
It got me thinking, though, that all the information in the world, about anything, does no good whatsoever in my life it I don’t put it into practice. If I read Your Word and SOAP it out – so I have revelation – without application then what’s the point? Do I really believe and trust You if I don’t follow it through? You give me all I need to live a transformed life for You. Am I actually DOing it? Or just going through the motions? Why spend time learning but not applying?
Revelation without application is just information.
P~ Lord, I hear You! One day, one moment, one decision, one thought at a time help me to hear Your voice and do what it says. To live transformed. I love You!
Focus | Joni Tyner
S~ He had warned Solomon specifically about worshipping other gods, but Solomon did not listen to the LORDS’s command. 1 Kings 11:10 (NLT)
O~ Today’s reading goes into great detail about Solomon’s wealth and the blessings God gave him. This guy was seriously rich and extremely blessed by God, but…
A~ I believe that Solomon absolutely knew he was blessed by God. He was ridiculously wealthy and respected by world leaders who would come to him for advice. So, what went wrong? I think Solomon became prideful and thought he was the reason things were so good. He stopped listening to God and began to let his material possessions and his personal desires become more important that submitting to God’s commands. If you read today’s reading, you will be blown away by what Solomon possessed, including 700 wives and 300 concubines. It’s pretty easy to see that Solomon allowed BIG TIME distractions in his life, even though he was wise and obviously knew better. I only have 1 husband and would NEVER, EVER want 1000 of them , (sorry, can’t help it, can you just even wrap your mind around that bizarre thought????) but I do have an abundance of distractions in my life that can very quickly cause my heart and mind to drift from what God’s purpose is for me. It is a constant battle that I believe will only be won by committing myself to regularly reading and applying God’s Word in my day to day life.
P~ Dear Lord, please infuse my DNA with humility and a heart that is eternally grateful for every moment you give me. I ask for wisdom and discernment about how I spend my free time. I want to honor you with my life, please help me choose activities that keep my eyes on you and contribute to the purpose You created me to live out on this earth. Thank you for the grace you pour out on me when I get distracted and mess up. Please pursue my heart back to You when I go astray. I am reminded of the lyrics in a worship song, “better is one day in your courts than 1000’s elsewhere.)
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