“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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He gives | Marisa Hartman
S~ You may say to yourself, “my power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” but remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors, as it is today. Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (NIV)
O~ Moses is speaking to the Israelites right before they enter the promised land. He’s reminding them to think about where they’ve come from and what God did. Earlier in this chapter Moses reminds them that God brought them through the wilderness to to test their hearts and make sure that they would follow his commands. Now, as they prepare to enter a time of prosperity he knows the temptation they will face to take credit for everything.
A~ When things are going well, it’s easy to become proud of our hard work and to take credit for our success. “Thanks God, but I’ve got this.” Forgetting, just like the Israelites, who got us there. I’m much more likely turn turn to God in the rough times. I’m such an Israelite!! As I read the Bible I think, how can they possibly forget all that God has brought them through!?!?! Then, I do the exact same stinking thing. I’m getting better at reminding myself where my help comes from. It’s because I actually choose to spend time with God regularly that I forget less and less. I still struggle with thinking that I have to figure everything out. I still try to control my surroundings (and the people in them) waaayyy too much. (Forgive me children. ) But, as I learn to quiet my bossy self I can hear Him more and more.
P~ Father thank you for leading me. Thank you for the blessing of your gifts and of your time spent with me. Help me remember where my help comes, every day, not just when I’m struggling or when something’s going wrong. You are my help. You are my strength. You are my heart. I am your child and will strive to hear your voice in everything I do. Amen
My challenge | guest post
S~ Short time or long – I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains. Paul in Acts 26:29 (NIV)
O~ This is Paul’s answer tot he question: Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?
From my study bible paraphrased: Paul’s heart is revealed, he is more concerned for the salvation of strangers than the removal of his chains.
A~ Here is the challenge in my study bible: Ask God to give me a burning desire to see others come to Christ – a desire so strong that it overshadows my problems.
I’m finally doing something….some forward activity with my life…is this challenge at the core though? Because if Jesus isn’t front and center – it doesn’t matter. My activity will just burn away some day. Am I caring more about growing this activity vs. wanting to see others come to know Jesus?
P~ Abba, thank You for this word! Please give me a burning desire for eternity for others over ALL things. Your Kingdom come, not mine!
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