Daily Archives: August 6, 2018

August 6, 2018 Nehemiah 12,13; Psalm 1; Hebrews 4:14-5:10

“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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Be Blessed | Kim Chipman

S~  [Blessed is the one]…but whose delight is in the law of the Lordand who meditates on his law day and night. Psalm 1:2 (NIV)

O~ I want to be blessed.

A/P~ Lord, help me to put this into practice. Help me to choose to delight in Your Word and have it be what consumes my thoughts. I love You!

Approaching the Throne of Grace | Kelley Deases

S~ Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

O~ I have written in the margin of my well-worn Bible (now 17 years old) these words from a pastor/friend of mine from a message he delivered about this verse: “Maturity in Christ is revealed by asking God for more and more and realizing we deserve it less and less.” (Pastor Dave Arch, 7/11/10) How true.  As I spend more days and years getting to know Jesus better, I have come to learn He wants me to involve Him in not only the big but the little stuff in my life.  I have seen and felt the power that prayer unleashes and am beckoned to His throne time and again.  There is another great quote from Abraham Lincoln that says: “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. ”

A~ Once again, I am in need of God’s mercy and grace.  Just the other day, I lashed out in anger at my little boy. Almost immediately, shame and regret washed over me and I apologized to my son for his mommy’s poor reaction. But where did that “ugly” come from?  I hate to even acknowledge that is in me!  While I have already prayed for and received God’s forgiveness and, with His help, can more consistently reflect the fruit of the Spirit, I am reminded of my human frailty and the undeniable fact that I am never beyond needing a Savior.

P~ Even when I sin — perhaps especially then — You bid me “Come.”  It is at Your throne I can receive anew Your mercy, Your grace, and Your love.

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