August 4, 2018 Nehemiah 7-9; Hebrews 3:7-19

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Jesus, my Redeemer | Chelsea Horne

S~ Because of Your great Compassion You did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. Nehemiah 9:19 (NIV)

O~ God was always with the Israelites in the wilderness. Even though they disobeyed Him multiple times, He was still with them and He continued to guide them. I still struggle with unrelenting shame. Shame of what I have done, who I was, which the enemy has used as reins to try and pull me every which way he wants. But Jesus was always there. Even when I felt the shackles on my wrists from the enemy pushing, pulling, and tearing me down; Jesus never left my field of vision. He always remained within my sight, and reminded me that He was there. All that I have had to do was cry out to Him, and jump into His Arms and He took care of the rest. He broke the shackles, tossed the enemy away, and held me as I cried and healed against His Heart. No one has ever been there for me, stuck around, as long as He has. He has seen the deepest, darkest parts of me and, still, He calls me Loved. He still calls me His daughter.

Even after the times where I have deliberately disobeyed Him, having complete knowledge of the fact that He was telling me not to do something, He still let me come back to Him. We worked through my mess, together. He is not afraid to know my heart. I am not too much for Him, and I am perfect for His Purpose!

A~ Today, I will find rest in this Truth. To remember that I am truly Loved by Jesus and that no sin is too big for Him. I don’t have to remain in sin and shame, because He has freed me from it. Jesus will always come for me, and He will never abandon me. I am His, forever. There is nothing that I, or anyone else, can say or do to change that.

P~ Lord Jesus, I feel as if I have to constantly be reminded of this Truth. But You are so patient with me. Thank You, Lord. Thank You for staying with me, and not being afraid to know my heart. You are unlike anyone else that I have ever known, Lord. Thank You for coming after my heart and for never giving up on me. Thank You for inviting me and so graciously accepting me into Your Family.

If I can be of any help to You in Your pursuit of Your children, please tell me. And please give me the courage and faith to follow Your Direction, no matter what it is that You ask of me. Please help me to completely surrender my heart to You, Father. I love You! Thank You so very much for Loving me!

In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Amen

Remain in Fellowship | Kimi Miller

S~ You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. Hebrews 3:13 (NLT)

O~ The notes in my Bible say: To prevent having an unbelieving heart, stay in fellowship with other believers, talk daily about your mutual faith, be aware of the deceitfulness of sin (it attracts but also destroys), and encourage each other with love and concern.

A~ I’ve only been to “church” once in the last six months, but I’ve conversed with fellow believers almost every day. Our conversations have been rich and deep, grounded in love and concern for each other and her faith. I miss going to church, but I am reminded that church isn’t what happens in a designated building. Church is what happens when saints gather together to worship and grow together in their love for Christ and others, whether this happens over a cup of coffee, in a restaurant or park, or at a friend’s house. The point is that it happens. I hope I return to attending church services, but until then I am so grateful for the Church around me.

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35

P~ Jesus, thank You for being my ever present help in time of need. Thank You for my friends and family. Thank You Holy Spirit for filling me and giving hope to my spirit. I love You, Lord.

I Need Community | Kim Chipman

S~ But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)

O~ We need each other. Community for believers is critically important.

A~ I’ve heard it said: “I don’t need to go to church to believe in God”. And while that is true, it makes me sad. I genuinely believe God created us for community. The greatest growth in my understanding of God and myself has come through reading the Word and digesting it with others. I need to be encouraged and I think other believers do, too. It is easy to be deceived into thinking sideways and drift away from the truth.

P~ Lord, help me to continue to make time in Your Word and with other believers a priority. Help me to know Your character more and more each day. Help me not to be deceived. I love You!

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