“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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Jesus’s Blood | Joni Tyner
S~ And if any native Israelite or foreigner living among you eats or drinks blood in any form, I will turn against that person and cut him off from the community of your people, for the life of the body is in its blood. Leviticus 17: 10-11 (NLT)
O~ Leviticus is written to help us understand the holiness of God. There are chapters on purification and sacrifice and lots of detail about making the process acceptable.
A~ My Bible notes give a cross reference to John 6:53 in which Jesus told his followers to drink his blood. “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you.” Jesus also says something similar in Luke 22:20. “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.” My Bible notes say that the Jewish people took Leviticus 17 very seriously and so when he spoke of drinking his blood, they were very upset. He was wanting them to understand that he was the sacrifice for their sins. He is also abolishing the old covenants of the old testament in Luke 22.
I don’t understand all the specifics of the Jewish laws and sacrifices and, quite honestly, I feel a bit overwhelmed when I read Leviticus. As a believer win the new covenant (Christianity) I believe I should put my focus on gratitude for Jesus’s sacrifice and also strive to live a life that reflects the holy characteristics of the Lord. I also think that scriptures like this help me to see another layer of how God uses everything to understand his plan.
P~ Dear Lord, thank you for the sacrifice that You gave—Your life on the cross. As I enter into Lent this year, I want to have an increase in my gratitude for my salvation. I pray Your Holy Spirit pursues my heart to see the things that build up Your Kingdom and I ask for strength, energy and time to ACT on the prompting in my day.
Holy Spirit Power | Kimi Miller
S~ But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 (NIV)
O~ Power from the Holy Spirit to proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. That is what the power of Christ is for – to make witnesses for the world – to make disciples. The power of the Holy Spirit is to reveal the power of God! This power is for God’s glory – to reveal Himself as the One True God! This power sets apart His people so others can see they are set apart for Him. This power – the power that raised Jesus from the grave – is in us!
What kind of God shares His power?! Only a God who is a good Father. A Father who desires to give good gifts to His children. A Father who gives away Himself so that others might know Him more intimately. This power is not to create fear – reverence, yes – but not fear; it is meant to draw us closer, to help us believe.
A/P~ Every day I need to ask You to fill me with Your Spirit. Each day, I ought to be giving so much of You away that I HAVE to be filled again. I desire to be so filled with Your Spirit, that it’s undeniable that something is different about me. I know I can’t do this on my own. I know that I don’t have the strength, wisdom, or courage, but You do. Fill me with Your power, Lord! Make me a fountain of Your love, spilling out on the world around me.
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