“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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Am I Really Listening? | Kimi Miller
S~ Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: “I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.” Matthew 26:31 (NIV)
Then he returned to the disciples and said to them “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners.” Matthew 26:45 (NIV)
O~ From the time the disciples acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah, He foretold them of things to come. Even here, on the night of His betrayal, Jesus told them what would happen…but were they really listening?
I imagine the disciples were pretty comfortable knowing Jesus was around. I mean, they’d seen miracle upon miracle, and they were confident He was the Messiah – they knew how things would go down…or so they thought. Maybe this is why they fell asleep – even though Jesus kept prompting them to stay awake and pray – they fell asleep. Maybe they were too comfortable with Jesus. Perhaps they were so comfortable, they failed to keep listening to Jesus’ direction. Maybe they thought it would all “be okay” because, after all, they were with Jesus. I don’t know, but in the end, they probably were not as prepared as they could have been, had they listened – really listened – to what Jesus was telling them.
A~ You speak to me all the time, and when I know Your voice, when I really tune in to hear You over everyone else (even myself), You prepare me best for what is to come. Because You know what’s coming. Like when You asked me to step away from my ministry role. I knew You had something better for me, but it sure didn’t look like I thought it would. I was holding so tightly to how I thought it would look, and when it didn’t, I was devastated. It wasn’t until I let go of what I thought things were going to be, that You began showing me more of Who You are. And when I began to see more of You, everything else paled in comparison. It didn’t matter anymore how things played out, or what could have been different. What mattered – and matters most – is I drew closer to You, and You drew closer still.
I wonder how many times You’ve tried to prepare me for what’s coming, and my own “comfortable thinking” prevented me from really listening to what You were saying?
P~ Holy Spirit, open my ears. I praise You for You are holy! Oh God, there is no one like You! And yet You care about me. You love me. You are speaking to me ALL.THE.TIME! But am I really listening? God, do not let me stay asleep! Help me to rise! Help me to listen. I love You, Lord. I give my life to You. Forgive me for my pride – the times I think I know how things are going to go down. I’m sorry, Jesus. I love You so much.
How Have I Denied? | Kelley Deases
S~ Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” Matthew 26:34 (NIV)
O~ Jesus tells the disciples they will all fall away as He, Himself, is betrayed, arrested, tried and led away to his death on a cross. Peter is the loudest to protest, assuring Jesus that even if all the others went away, he never would. This is when Jesus makes the prediction that will, in fact, come to pass before the end of that very evening.
A~ Today, as I read this familiar passage, Jesus’ words pierced me as surely as they must have pierced Peter all those years ago, and made me wonder how, and how often, have I disowned Jesus. When I choose to hit the snooze alarm rather than get up and read The Word before starting my day, I am no better than the disciples who fell asleep when Jesus asked them to stay awake and pray for him. When I choose not to speak up when I hear Christ or His Church disparaged, I am no better than the disciples who cowered in fear and denied they had been with Jesus. In fact, whenever I choose to be selfish, disobedient, unkind, rude, dismissive or prideful, I am denying the grace and mercy Jesus showed me and denying the very work He did on the cross, which I claim for my salvation.
P~ Jesus, Help me not only concern myself with what I can do for You, but also how I might not deny You through neglect or inattention.
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