October 11, 2018 Isaiah 57-59; Psalm 103; Revelation 7

“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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HOPE! | Kim Chipman

S~ The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Isaiah 57:1 (NIV)

O~ I’ve had my share of loss lately. Friends, family…Too many, too young, and gone too soon. Yesterday was the anniversary of my friend’s husband’s passing – 3 years since he had a massive heart attack and died. Loss is in the front of my mind. A good friend of my daughter lost her mom just a couple months ago suddenly to a massive stroke. For those left behind, the sudden loss is tragic and heartbreaking.

P~ Thank You for filling me with hope today! Your ways are truly not my ways and I learn new things about Your character every day. I love You!

Seeing the Oppressed | Joni Tyner

S~ What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarreling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me. (v. 4)

No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned ;

Lighten the burden of those who work for you.

Let the oppressed go free,

And remove the chains that bind people.

Share your food with the hungry.

And give shelter to the homeless.

Give clothes to those who need them,

And do not hide from relatives who need your help.  Isaiah 58: 4, 6-7 (NLT)

O~ Isaiah is addressing the practice of fasting  in verses 3-6. Basically he points out that the people did not change their behavior, they were bringing attention to themselves by letting people know how miserable they were. Verse 4 asks, “what good is that? You keep on fighting and quarreling?”  He then goes on to share that a compassionate heart that lives out their faith is what He desires more than religious activity.

A~ I’ve thought about this before, but it as I read this scripture yesterday, I had a HUGE conviction from the Holy Spirit to really look at my priorities and why I do what I do.  Here’s what happened.

Kind of on an impulse, I decided to participate  in a 90 day, year end challenge that helps a person keep a strong mindset of good habits for oneself.  Things like drinking more water, exercising, avoiding certain foods, getting up earlier, and being grateful for the blessings in my life.  These are good things that I would like to improve myself and I think God smiles when we exercise our self-discipline muscle because we should be people of intention.  But, this challenge, at least for me, can not be my main “thing”.  I can’t place more importance on doing these activities than caring and loving other people.

Anyways, yesterday was my day off and I was going to get “caught up” on the exercise and preparing food for this challenge and the extra Bible reading.  “ding—a new text.   “ Are you off work today, can I come over and see you?” this coming from a single mom who has aged out of the foster care system.   I hesitated and so wanted to fib and say no because I was busy with my own agenda but the Holy Spirit brought this scripture to mind and I reconsidered.

Well, to make a long story short, she had been to the Creighton dental school and was trying to get some extensive dental work done and it had went badly.  She had spent over $800 of money she didn’t have to try to get a temporary tooth placed that fell out in the very front of her mouth. ( I think she had a combination of bad teeth genetically and nonexistent parenting to teach her to brush her teeth.)  After 1 ½hour  in the dental chair and 4 back molars pulled, she was exhausted and spent her last dollar to her name.  She needed something liquid to eat because she was hungry, she needed a boatload of encouragement because this situation sucked, she needed some ibuprofen for the physical pain, and she needed some cash to fill up her gas tank so she could get to work and not lose yet another job.

I don’t really don’t share that story to make myself look like Mother Teresa, but my goodness!!!!… there are hurting, struggling people absolutely everywhere and the Bible is telling us to step up and help them!!!!   Later that evening, I went to see Jen Hatmaker and was again brought to the realization of what a life of helping others can look like.  We can all be difference makers in our sphere of influence.  I really want to be a woman of faith that yes, has self-discipline to strive to live a holy life.  Still, more important, I want to live out my faith in practical ways that show the radical love of Jesus.  I truly believe if I “show up” God will provide me enough time, money and whatever it takes to make it work out.  (And actually, knowing my God, I think He will bless me with abundance for being faithful!!)

P~ Dear Lord, please lead me to people who need compassion and love. I pray for Karina and every other struggling mama out there who gets so beat up by this world.  Surround her with a village to love her and cheer her on. Grow her faith muscle and bring fresh hope into her life.  Dear Lord, thank you for the timing of this scripture and the text and the opportunity to see Jen last night. I pray that her words bring people closer to You and move others to action to love like You do.

Praise!! | guest post

S~ Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.  Psalm 103:1 (NIV)

O~ This psalm is reminding me who God is!  And helping me remember, because I forget who God is and start depending on myself.  God forgives my sins, heals my diseases, redeems my life, crowns me with love, satisfies my desires, and renews me.

A~ I am making a decision about my time and finances, not sure what God would have me do.  A friend encouraged me with Matthew 6:33, seek first His Kingdom.

So this past week I’ve been praying and seeking Him and haven’t really done anything else.  This decision has become a burden.  And I don’t feel like I’ve heard a clear cut answer from the Lord.

But what my soul has missed is praising Him.  I’ve been so consumed with His will in the decision, that my mouth and heart have been silent on praise.

P~ Abba, I’m sorry!  I miss the boat a lot.  I praise You, O my Lord!  With my mind, my mouth, my inmost being, I praise Your Holy Name!  Let today be a praised filled day!

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