January 24, 2019 Genesis 43; Psalm 5; John 14:15-15:17

“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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Not remaining | guest post

S~ If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. John 15:6 (NIV)

O~ Jesus is the vine, we are the branches.  Remaining in Him produces fruit, apart from Him, we can do nothing.

A~ This word is pretty clear about what happens if we don’t remain in Jesus.  My heart is breaking – I hate this truth.  If people I love choose not to believe in Jesus – they are like the branch that is tossed and burned.

P~ Oh Abba!  My prayer is for those two people I love.  Soften their heart, draw them to You, never stop pursuing them to Your Kingdom and Your heart!  Oh, please Jesus, let them enter heaven one day because they decided to remain in You!  I pray this in Your Name!

Love Matters Most | Kimi Miller

S~ As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. John 15:9,10 (NIV)

O~ My command is this: love each other as I have loved you (v.12).
This is my command: love each other (v.17).
A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:34,35).
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…(Matthew 28:19,20)
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13).

A~ Why am I doing what I’m doing? I have to ask myself that question for everything. If at the very core of what I’m doing isn’t love, what’s the point? Everything I do, no matter how small the act is, must come from a place of genuine love, and that kind of place – that kind of love – is not of this world, but only from the Father. I can’t do it of my own free will – I must surrender to Him every moment of every day, trusting His Spirit to lead and guide me.

God is love. His way is love. Truly, until I have received this kind of love for myself, I cannot love anyone to this magnitude – the magnitude to which He has commanded me. What matters most is love.

We all give and receive love in different ways (I’m thinking of the “5 Love Languages”), but true Love does nothing to be deserved, nor is it given with expectation to be reciprocated. It just does. God’s love is lavished upon us because that is Who He is. His is Love. He can’t help Himself – He gives of Himself because He loves more deeply than we can ever comprehend or imagine.

When we are filled with that kind of Love – this unearthly, unselfish Love – we cannot keep it to ourselves either. It really is uncontainable – that kind of true Love. And so we can more freely love others with the Love we have received from Him.

P~ Oh God, fill me with Your Love, so it pours out of me and onto all that I do and everyone I encounter. Let Your Love be what remains when I am gone.

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