January 18, 2019 Genesis 32,33; John 10:22-11:16

“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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Eternal Life | Joni Tyner

S~ I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. Jesus teaching at temple in John 10: 28-29 (NLT)

O~ Jesus is referring to himself as the Good in chapter 10. The Bible gives many references to God being our shepherd including Psalm 23 and  Ezekiel 34.  Shepherds were known as protectors because they kept constant vigil over their sheep.

A~ I’ve journaled before about this verse, it’s so  good.  I believe it is giving reference to once we have our salvation, it is secure and the enemy can not permanently lure us away.  I don’t understand everything in the Bible, but this seems pretty clear to me.  Jesus speaks about the topic many times. I listened to a podcast yesterday by Beth Moore and one of the points she made was that when we read scripture we should read what is before and after the scripture and as well as other places in the Bible that are on the same topic.  She said that when she isn’t 100% sure of something, she will often default to what she knows about God’s character, that He is always trustworthy.  Somethings in the Bible are hard to understand and we need to remember that God is omnipotent- (all powerful, able to do anything) and quite simply, we are not.

P~ Dear Lord, I ask for a hunger to read Your Word and discernment to understand scripture.  Thank you for eternal life and for this life You’ve called me to live.

He Uses Everything | Kelley Deases

S~ So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15 (NIV)

O~ For all they had seen and experienced during their time with Jesus, even The Twelve did not comprehend His true identity or His true plan. Even less, the curious crowds or the skeptical and suspicious Pharisees. So Jesus decides, most certainly at the prompting of His Father, to do what would be impossible for any man — to raise a dead person and bring him back to life. (As further evidence of their unbelief, right after Jesus says what He’s about to do, Thomas, seeming to completely ignore His words and speaking to the other disciples, says “Let us also go, that we may die with him [Jesus].”)

A~ My friend and coworker shared a powerful testimony of something that happened to her just the other day. She was driving home from church this past Sunday and, as she approached an intersection where she had the green light, an almost audible voice told her to slow down. She actually mentally argued with the voice, protesting how she had the right-of-way and did not need to slow down. Her sense she needed to apply the brakes was so strong she finally did. Just then, a large truck ran the red light and went barrelling through the intersection where her vehicle would have been. The Holy Spirit’s prompting had saved her from getting hit and, most probably, getting seriously hurt.

P~ Father, Thank You for using whatever it takes to reveal Yourself — a miracle, a whisper, a near miss, or even a bad diagnosis or a profound loss. The most important thing to You is that we find You in it. Thank You for pursuing our hearts.

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