August 14, 2018 Job 9,10; Hebrews 9:11-22

“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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Speaking out of bitterness | guest post

S~ I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in bitterness of my soul. Job 10:1 (NIV)

O~ Job is giving free rein over to complaining about his situation. (I know it’s the very worst situation that can happen on earth.) My study bible says Job is starting to wallow in self pity.  It goes on to say that our pain lures us toward feeling sorry for ourselves and that can lead to self-righteousness.  Remember that life’s trails, whether allowed by God or sent by God, can be the means for development and refinement.  When facing trials, ask, “What can I learn and how can I grow?”

A~ This season of work is so difficult!  Long hours, getting pulled many ways, high demands, not seeing my family, and barely sleeping.  For two months – it’s just crazy like this.  My coworkers and I daily discuss the ‘guess what happened today’ shenanigans.

While our situation at work isn’t what Job walked through, I’ve found myself falling into self pity and ‘Woe is me’ attitude.  I have given free rein to my complaints and have spoken out from my frustrations.

I wonder if God has something different for me this really crazy season?  Maybe I should be asking myself what can I learn and how can I grow?

P~ Father, thank You for addressing my pity party early this year.  I’m sorry for my really bad attitude last week! What can I learn in this season, how can I grow?  When this season rolls around next year, what can I do differently to honor You?

Freed to Serve | Kim Chipman

S~ How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! Hebrews 9:14 (NIV)

O~ Jesus did all that needed to be done for me to be forgiven. Through Him I am made clean and FREE to serve the living God!

A~ There is such a fine line here, tha I’m not good at remaining on the right side of. The fine line between self-discipline and self-effort, between serving and striving, between responding to your love and forgiveness and trying to earn it. My study Bible says, “Sinful deeds are more than just wrong actions’ ironically these also include our attempts to reach God by being good enough!” (ugh. this is my continual struggle!)

Jesus, perfect Jesus, cleanses and FREES ME to serve. I’m reminded of the line of a song: “I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still you give yourself away. Oh, the overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of God”

P~ THANK YOU for this gift! Help me to live in the freedom you purchased for me with a heart of service, not striving. I love You!

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  1. Thanks for sharing that Kim! God’s grace overwhelms me. That He would love me in spite of my constant struggles and failures. His love is the greatest gift. Thanks for your honest sharing.

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