August 18, 2018 Job 16; Hebrews 11:1-20

“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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Comforting | Michelle Myers

S~ I have heard many things like these; miserable comforters are you all! Job 16:2 (NIV)

O/A~ For many years, I didn’t know how to be a good comforter.  Good comforting wasn’t modeled for me growing up.  I am sure many times, people walked away from me saying, “I ain’t opening up to her anymore!”  I have said that about other people before, when I went to them for support and left feeling worse than I did to begin with.

It took You showing and reminding me how I felt when I was the one who needed comforting, but got the opposite instead.  I pretty much had to do the opposite of what I got and witnessed growing up.  I learned more of what not to do.  It took You showing me that I needed to get over myself to be a good comforter.  I didn’t always need to give my opinion.  I didn’t always need to give advice. Most of the time I just needed to listen. I needed to affirm their feelings. I needed to let them know how valuable they are to me and how they enrich my life.

This has made all the difference in my relationships.  Now, my husband and kids come to me regularly when they are dealing with something.  I don’t always get it right, but have gotten over myself enough to say, “I royally messed that up!  Let me start over.  Do you want me to just listen and give you a hug, or do you want my perspective and advice?”

P~ Thank you God for showing me how to be a good comforter.  Please just keep working on me, because I don’t ever want anyone to feel worse when they walk away from me.

Mediator before the end of the road | guest post

S~ I need someone to mediate between God and me, as a person mediates between friends.  For soon I must go down that road from which I will never return.  Job 16:21, 22 (NLT)

O~ Job is defending himself to his friends, but recognizes he needs a mediator between him and God.  Job may also feel urgency since he is preparing for his death.

A~ Job recognized a need for a mediator, maybe more urgently because he knew he would be dying soon.  My friend is on hospice with days left.  Does she recognize the need for a mediator between her and God?

P~ Father, please Lord…..let my friend see the need for a mediator right now!  Remove all those lies she is believing about being a good person, remove anger about cancer and replace it with a HOLY NEED for our Mediator, Jesus.  Father, please comfort her and bring her peace.  Hold her and let her know how long, how wide, how deep, how high Your love is for her.  Lord, fight for her eternity.  In Jesus’ Name I pray!  Amen!

** I don’t know what will happen.  But this decision to choose to Jesus or reject Jesus is the biggest decision that I will make or any human.  This situation makes me more aware that choosing Christ is the ONLY thing that matters!

Do I live my life that way?  That the people I have interactions with….do they know Jesus?  Have they heard how He loved us in our mess, brought us out of that?  He gives us eternal life, but also a life filled with power while we are here on Earth?  Have I shared that?

Lord, open my eyes, open my mouth with Your words and gentleness, or shut it….whatever You need me to do for Your Kingdom!

Confident faith | Kim Chipman

S~ Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

O~ Romans 8:24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?

2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

1 Peter 1:6-7 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

A~ Sometimes (like now) I just don’t have much patience left for this life. The ridiculous arguments, the struggle is real. The frustration is real. The pain is real.

But so are  your promises. I can choose to have confidence in what I hope for and assurance about what I do not see. I can choose faith. I can choose hope. I can choose to fix my eyes (thoughts!) on Your promises. You have a plan for me – regardless of what the people around me choose. I’m only responsible for myself – which is quite enough.

P~ Help me to remain focused on You. Help me to honor You in my thoughts, words, and choices. May You be glorified through my life. I love You!

Seek Him | Joni Tyner

S~ And it is impossible to please God without faith.  Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)

O~ Chapter 11 is a well known chapter in Bible that records the “heroes of the Faith” in the Old Testament.  It is so encouraging, I remembering journaling out of this chapter previously when doing the reading plan and thinking about how all these people had great faith and yet never saw God’s glory on this side of heaven.  I was drawn to verse 6 this morning because of this—“ He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”

A~ Over the years, I’ve frequently heard people mention other people and say something along the lines, “they are Christians” or “they aren’t Christians” and I would often wonder how the person saying that knows their heart.  I’ve also heard people say that we can tell someone is a believer by the fruit in their lives.   I think perhaps this verse might give us a clue, we believe and then we seek.

It isn’t my place to determine who is a believer or not, but, for my own life, I do want to please God and this tells me He is pleased when I seek Him.  I think this means I act on the desire to know and love and serve Him.  My fruits and acts of love are the after product of seeking Him.

P~ Dear Lord, please give me a burning passion to seek You.  Make me miserable when I neglect You.  It’s really pretty simple—as I seek You…I find You. As I find You…I obey You.

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