November 29, 2018 Daniel 9,10; Psalm 123; Mark 15:21-47

“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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That I May See and Believe | Kelley Deases

S~ Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down from the cross, that we may see and believe. Mark 15:32 (NIV)

O~  You can just hear the sarcasm dripping off the tongues of these “chief priests” and “teachers of the law” as they mock the Savior hanging upon the cross. They will come to regret these words in the end. But the thought occurs to me that even if Jesus had done exactly as their goading suggested — climbed off that wooden beam at that precise moment — they still probably would have found some way to explain away what they had witnessed, so great was their arrogance to think they had it all figured out.

A~ As a younger and more immature Christian, I used to bristle when people used phrases like, “God led me here or there,” or “He protected me in that situation,” or even “God gave me peace about that decision.” I would nod my head, but inside I was rolling my eyes and thinking, “That had nothing to do with God. Things just happen.” How blind I was not to believe that God was working in and through all things, as He continues to do, to carry out His purposes. Long story short, I am now one of those people who sees God’s hand in everything and speaks upon it, regardless of who may be rolling his eyes when I say it.

P~ Father, Thank You for delivering me from my cynicism and softening my heart to accept things which are beyond the natural and logical, and which allow me to see You moving.

My Gentle and Patient Father | Chelsea Horne

S~ Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. ‘Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,’ he said. ‘Peace! Be strong now; be strong.’ Daniel 10:18-19 (NIV)

With a loud cry, Jesus breathed His last. Mark 15:37 (NIV)

O~ When Daniel was struggling with the weakness of his earthly body in this vision, God didn’t ridicule or condemn him for it. Daniel asked for help, for strength, and God gave him strength. He touched his lips and helped him. God was gentle and patient with Daniel.

Also, when Jesus was on the cross, He took all of the sins of the world on Himself. Including mine. I cannot begin to imagine the weight and pain that He must have felt before He breathed His last breath!

A~ Even though I still struggle with my sins, God is faithful and patient. He doesn’t turn His back on me, or leave me alone in my shame and pain. He is right there beside me, and hears and is ready to listen when I call out to Him. He is gentle and patient with me as I lay down all of my sins before Him. He doesn’t berate me or look at me in anger. He looks at me with Eyes of mercy and a deep understanding of my heart. I am only beginning to learn about and to apply the freedom of His Grace to my life, and I feel that this will be a life-long adventure with Him.

P~ Father, Thank You for showing me these verses and for teaching me another lesson about Your Grace and Mercy. You continue to surprise me, Lord! I lay all of my sins at Your Feet today, Jesus, and I want to surrender the battle to You. There are sins that I struggle with in my life that I am not strong enough to fight on my own. Please give me the strength to surrender to You the struggles that are in my heart, as You gave Daniel strength. Thank You for being such a patient and loving Father, and thank You for adopting me into Your beautiful family!

In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Amen

Eyes on Him | guest post

S~ As they eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He shows us His mercy. Psalm 123:2 (NIV)

O~ My focus on God is compared to how attentive a slave looks to their master.  So intone that the slave could tell what the master wanted by looking at the hand instead of eyes.

I tried to read about slave/master relationships, but it was mostly abusive and horrible for the slave.  God is a perfect master, never hurtful or abusive.  God calls our relationship with Him to be submissive – we submit everything to Him.

A~ I’ve really been challenged with this thought about  my life and growing into the woman that God has called me to be.  Putting my values over what I want right now.  Going further, putting what Jesus values over my want in the moment.

As God reveals the depth of my sin regarding the worship of my comfort above all – something needs to change.  Most of my decisions fall towards what I want right now.

I’m figuring out what I truly value, but that will just help me become disciplined.  I want to be a woman who lives life valuing what Jesus valued over my momentary wants.  Like a slave who knows the Master’s wants by watching the hand closely.

P~ Abba, thankful for Your Word!  Tear down the idol of comfort in my soul!  Give me eyes of eternity to see what that costs me, and others.  I don’t want to just talk the talk of valuing Your heart over my wants – I want to walk the walk!  What does this mean for me?  What does it look like?  What’s my next step?  I love You!

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