May 14, 2019 1 Samuel 6,7; Psalm 72; 1 Corinthians 14:1-25

“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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Seek That Which Edifies Others | Kimi Miller

S~ But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:3 (NIV)

So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church. 1 Corinthians 14:12 (NIV)

O~ Again, this idea of doing/speaking/sharing what builds others up; putting their well-being ahead of my own. This is what the church does. It puts the well-being of others before itself, so others can experience the same love Christ showed His church – the love He demonstrated for the whole world, really. Love others. Love God, love people.

A~ In everything I do, let it be because I love God and I love people. Let my relationship with God guide my relationships with people. Let my relationship with others be birthed from my relationship with Him.

That’s why my time with You is so important, because it influences every other relationship in my life. When I’m with You, I can’t help but think about others. When I’ve not spent time with You, I begin to think more about myself than those around me; I focus more on my problems,my perspective.

Since You are the God Who created it all, clearly, Your perspective is the best! Wouldn’t it make more sense to see things from Your perspective than my own? When I spend time with You, I learn more and more how You see things, and it influences my being.

P~ Lord, thank You for loving me. Thanks for helping me see as You see. Help me to love others well today, and do/say things that build others up. I enjoy our time together. I like You! And I love you.

Unique Song of Praise | Chelsea Horne

S~ Even in the ease of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? 1 Corinthians 14:7 (NIV)

So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. 1 Corinthians 14:15 (NIV)

O~ God has taught me something new this morning while reading these verses. When I stumble back into the world, it feels wrong. Like an untimely interruption when a musician plays a sour note.

My life is a song that I can choose to dedicate to God, or to the world. When I choose to play it for Him and worship Him with my words, thoughts, and actions (my understanding) He gently moves my fingers and teaches me how to play more notes, more chords, that add beauty and depth to my song. But when I choose to live my life, including daily life, for the world it sneaks up behind me and cuts individual strings. Screaming at me to replace those strings, while continuing to play as before.

My God is gracious, and His Love is gracious towards me. Even when I am frustrated at being unable to play my song, or live my life, as expertly as I would like He walks up to my heart and picks up the melody where I left off, showing me just how beautiful my song can be when I trust Him to help me play.

A~ There are many kinds of worship, but they all serve the same purpose – to bring glory to God and to honor Him. Today, I will seek to worship Him with my heart. Every action, thought and word a note played for Him. An intricate melody weaved together and planned out for His Glory. I will seek to worship Him. To play my unique song for Him, in celebration and thankfulness of His faithful and unconditional Love for me.

P~ Lord Jesus, Thank You for sharing Your Truth with me today. Thank You for making it easy for me to understand and comprehend because of Your Holy Spirit in my heart. You are so patient and gracious with me, Father! Thank You! Please help me to remember to take every thought captive for You today, to remember Your Love in my actions, and for my whole day to be a song of worship for You, Lord. When I stumble, please help me to remember Your Gracious Love and to surrender my sins to You. Please heal my heart, Lord, with Your Love. Help me to learn to play the song of my life for Your Glory and in praise to You for all that You have done, are doing, and will do in the future.

In Jesus’ Name I pray,


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