May 23, 2019 1 Samuel 19; 1 Chronicles 7; Psalm 59; 2 Corinthians 5

“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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War….it’s a theme in our lives | guest post

S~ War broke out again after that, and David led his troops against the Philistines.  He attacked them with such fury that they all ran away. 1 Samuel 19:8 (NLT)

O~ War, again.  There always seems to be a war.  David doesn’t seem to get up bored or frustrated with it, he attacks his enemy with fury.

A~ War, I’m always in it.  I need to always have my armor on to protect me.  But what about attacking my enemy with such fury that they all run away?  How do I attack an enemy that I can’t see?  God has given me one offensive weapon to attack the enemy, the Word of God….the Bible.

My quiet time in the morning is great…..but I really struggle with remembering what I read that morning.  In those times, I know in my heart, I should have scripture memorized just to speak and run through my thoughts.  I don’t make scripture memorization a priority…..but it’s my only attack weapon against my enemy.  I need to make this a part of my life.  God  has called me to be a warrior, how can I fight without a weapon?  My weapon is the Word of God and it’s powerful and when I use it to furiously attack, my enemies will flee!

P~ God, please shift my sight to the things unseen….that I recognize everything is a battle for my soul and the souls of others.  God, I want to fight this battle with Your Word in my hand and heart and mouth.  Please supernaturally help me memorize scripture and keep it in my head.  In Jesus’ Name I pray!

Perfect Judge | Kim Chipman

S~ For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV)

O~ When we receive Christ we are guaranteed eternal life. How we live out our days matters, though.

A~ I feel like our culture right now tends to be judgemental, critical, and easily offended. It is freeing to know we will each appear before You. I live for an Audience of One. If others disapprove of me or don’t understand me it doesn’t really matter. Conversely, if I don’t understand or agree with someone else it doesn’t really matter either. I don’t need to get it, and it’s ok if they don’t get me. I just need to keep my heart right towards YOU.

I would like to think that by now other people’s opinions wouldn’t matter as much as they do. But here we are. It is freeing to remember YOU are all that really matters.

P~ Lord, help me to maintain this perspective. Help me to tend my heart well and free others to do the same. Help me to not take others’ responses personally. Help me to live free. I love You!

His Righteousness is Mine | Kelley Deases

S~ God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  1 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

O~ Paul is making known the mystery and profundity of the Gospel. In this statement, he explains how the Father put every sin of everyone for all time in the past and stretching forward through time upon His Son that the Son might atone for them all with His death as the ultimate sacrifice. Paul goes on to say how this was done so we could stand on His righteousness before the Father.

A~ Our lead pastor at church is doing a sermon series on Heaven. The overarching theme is that the better understanding we have of Heaven, the better grasp we will have on how to live our lives. Coming on the heels of having read “Erasing Hell” by Francis Chan, this series is another reminder of how I should be living my life with an eternal  mindset, both for myself and for others. This is, on one hand, stone-cold sobering to think of those I love who are rejecting Christ and His finished work on the cross, while, on the other hand, immeasurably heartening to know that when I stand before God’s throne one day, I will be clothed in His righteousness and not left to rely on my own. What an indescribable gift!

P~ Father, “Thank You” is hardly adequate to express the depth of my gratitude for what You did — piling all sin upon Your Son and then sacrificing Him so I could be clean and forgiven. Let me lead a life worthy.

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