August 28, 2018 Job 28,29; James 3:1-12

“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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Stumbling | Marisa Hartman

S~ We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. James 3:2 (NIV)

O~ What a beautiful reminder. We all stumble in many ways. Nobody is able to keep their whole body in check. Someone I know says, “there has only been one perfect person and they put him on the cross.” Since sin entered this world, we are all going to mess up and make mistakes.

A~ Lately I’ve been feeling really dumb. I made a big mistake that many people in my life warned me about. I wouldn’t listen because I didn’t want to see it. This mistake hurt people I care about, cost me a large amount of money, and basically turned my world upside down. When you realize you made a mistake, you admit it and then go about making it right. By God’s grace, you get up and learn from the situation. What I am learning is that I need to listen to the wise council around me. I must actually listen when God is speaking into my life. Just like the Israelites, God sent what I believe to be messengers to me. And again, like the Israelites, I said, “nah, I’m gonna do my own thing.” When you stumble, or are stubborn, or disobedient, or prideful, or whatever sin you fall prey to, God does offer grace. Sometimes in order to learn we must also face our consequences.

P~ Lord, thank you for the grace that leads me back to You. Forgive my stubborn, unlistening heart. I know and fully believe that You use everything for the good of those who love You. I love you God. Your servant is listening.

The Tongue | Joni Tyner

S~ In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.  But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. James 3:5 (NLT)

O~ James is reminding us how much power the spoken word has.  It can be a tremendous blessing and, that same person’s tongue, can destroy with just a couple of small words.

A~ I feel like my name is in this scripture.  Yes, I’ve said many encouraging things to people and I occasionally share scriptures with people and talk about things of faith. (but, no public speaking from this girl!!!)   I have also stirred the pot and spoken of things that I should not have repeated.  It really grieves my heart that I’ve done this because I know this is not God’s desire for me.  I am certainly NOT living out my purpose when I do this!

To give a specific example, just last week I was at work and heard a coworker make a derogatory comment  (with profanity) about another coworker in regards to a task she didn’t do.   A couple days later this coworker said,  “well, I suppose I should go and check the crash cart, I haven’t done it yet.” Instead of offering to help her or just say nothing, I hinted that coworker #1 was annoyed with her for not doing it.  She immediately quizzed me, “what did she say?”  I clammed up and said, “I’m not going to repeat it.”  –and I didn’t, but, my goodness, what was with me?? Why did I have to drop that comment? I’m disappointed in myself, I really, truly don’t want to be that person.  I want to be peacemaker and encourager to everyone.  I think part of it was that the first co worker annoys me with her harshness and I struggle to like her.  I read Kim’s post on mercy from 8/26 and, basically, I need to believe the best in her. (and speak that way as well!!)

P~ Dear Lord, please help me in this area of my walk with You.  I need Your Holy Spirit to really transform my mind and my speech to say things that build others up.  I desire to be a person of integrity and trustworthiness.  Give me brain cells that default to mercy, especially with people I don’t necessarily align with my personal thinking.

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