Daily Archives: March 9, 2019

March 9, 2019 Numbers 5,6; Psalm 22; Acts 8:1-25

“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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“Tradition” | Kelley Deases

S~ The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.  Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

O~  God conveyed to Moses that Aaron and his sons, the priests, were to bless the Israelites using these words.

A~  At the church of my childhood, and where I still attend on occasion with my parents, the pastor often recites these verses at the conclusion of the service as a blessing to send us out.  So to imagine these exact same words being spoken over believers thousands of years ago is a wonder.  It ties my own experience with that of the historical Church and gives me a sense of community which spans the boundaries of geography and time.

P~  Father, Thank you for all the ways You have shown Your love to Your children.  You have greatly blessed us to, in turn, be a blessing to those who do not know You.  Thank You for traditions that transcend our own time and families and circumstance and culture, but connect us all the way back to Your chosen ones You delivered out of their bondage all those centuries ago.

Let the Lord save her….. | Nikki Metzger

S~ Is this the one who relies on the Lord?  Then let the Lord save him!  If the Lord loves him so much, let the Lord rescue him!  Psalm 22:8 (NLT)

O~ David, a man after God’s own heart, is writing this psalm.  From the beginning of the psalm, it sounds like David is in trouble and has been praying to God about it.  God hasn’t answered yet, but people are talking and waiting.  Waiting to see if the Lord will rescue David.  The people talking in this verse know David relies on God, but are being super sarcastic when they speak, “Let the Lord save him.”

A~ God knows I’m feeling the things David went through.  An ongoing situation has left me feeling abandoned, distant from God, heard by God, but not relief from Him.  The whole situation is being played out in front of others, others who know that I rely on God.

I wonder if they are saying, “let the Lord rescue her if she loves Him so much?”  I know they are watching and seeing my reaction to this situation.

I can hardly handle this!  Guess who also said those words in Scripture?  The Pharisees (people who killed Jesus) said this about Jesus in Matthew 27:43.  “He trusted God, so let God rescue Him now if He wants Him!”

Jesus has already walked through my situation before!  He has gone ahead of me and knows what it’s like to feel abandoned, heard by God, but not have relief.  Jesus knows!

P~ Lord, do not stay so far from me, for trouble is near, and no one else can help me.  Enemies surround me like a herd of bulls, like lions they open their jaws around me; my heart is like wax, melting within me.   Lord, do not stay far away!  You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!  I will praise You among people, I will seek You and praise You and my heart will rejoice with everlasting joy!  I love You!  Thank You!    (Taken from Psalm 22:12-26)

Creating Margin in my Life | Joni Tyner

S~ But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went. Acts 8:4 (NLT)

O~ ”the believers were scattered.” This tells me they were in all sorts of different places. They didn’t huddle together and keep to themselves. They were out and about doing God’s work. They were also preaching the Good News and sharing their faith with others. There was intention with their sharing of the gospel.  I’m guessing they didn’t necessarily choose the places the places they were “scattered” to, but they lived out their faith wherever they went.

A~ As a believer, I see this text demonstrating that we are to share the Good News where we are. This means talking to others about our faith in work, our social life, shopping, just wherever we are. I believe we will be most effective when were are prepared, this means knowing the scriptures and being intentional with people. We can create opportunities to share and have spiritual conversations.  Part of this being available is to put margin into our life while we are out and about.  When we aren’t rushed, we are most able to give help and love others.

Recently I ran over to Walmart on a Saturday  afternoon with to get some groceries “real quick”.  I dashed about and picked a young girl’s checkout line thinking she would be fast. (note: youth isn’t a solid indicator of speed at Walmart)  Not so. She was the sweetest thing, visiting and talking about everything with the lady in front of me. Then it was my turn and the same thing. A  big smile and full of questions, comments, fun little chit-chat–but I was in a hurry and needed to get this task done. I was frustrated and annoyed.  I practically grabbed the groceries out of her hand and I did bag them myself.  I KNEW I should have been friendly and receptive to her but I was running late and just didn’t have time to be “nice”.  The Holy Spirit was convicting me because I knew in a different scenario, I would have completely enjoyed her and it really was have been a mini-high in my day. Buuuut,…because I had zero margin in my shopping trip, I lost the opportunity to enjoy her sweet personality and perhaps offer her encouragement.  I was frustrated with myself that I made the decision to fit “one more thing”  into that afternoon.

P~  Lord, You know my multiple personalities.  I like to do lots of things and get lots of things done. I also like to socialize and talk and have fun.  I also love to do things for other people and so enjoy the opportunity to cheer them up or just brighten their day a bit.  Give me wisdom to balance out my day to day stuff and appropriately fit in people.  I want margin to be a part of my day so that when a Divine appointment comes my way, I’m not rushing through it or missing it all together.  Oh yea, when I’m strapped for time at the grocery store, maybe some discernment about which cashier is the fastest would be nice!! :O    (jk  Jesus!!)

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