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February 23, 2018 Leviticus 5,6; Matthew 23

“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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Upside down | guest post

S~ For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23:12 (NIV)

O~ Jesus is warning the people about the religious teachers and the order of the Kingdom.

A~ I say that God’s Kingdom is upside down and doesn’t make sense.  But what does that really mean?  Our teaching pastor shared a great illustration that I’m going to copy forever about God’s Kingdom.

It’s as if the Huskers were headed to the national championship game after a season of hard work and grit.  The Huskers were gaining more and more popularity as the season went on, and they have a very good chance of winning the national title.

Then, on game day, the coach tells everyone that the starters aren’t playing the game.  What?!?  No starters for the title game, the ultimate win?  Just doesn’t make sense.

God’s Kingdom just doesn’t make sense either.  And it can’t be explained.  If I’m helping/serving someone because it’s the right thing to do, I will eventually burn out.  And that would be from a heart of wanting to exalt myself.

If I’m helping/serving someone because I’ve got all this excess of Jesus’ love flowing through me and it needs to land somewhere, that’s the ‘doesn’t make sense’ Kingdom work.

P~ Abba, I want to humble myself for Your Kingdom!  Let these words be true in my heart!  Stretch my heart and soul and pour an abundance of Your grace in me.  I love You!!

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