Day 1 (Here we go!)
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Welcome to the online blog for our Vineyard Life Journal! Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work? (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.) Read a note from Scott.
Here is what S.O.A.P. stands for:
S for Scripture
Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your Bible bookmark. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
O for Observation
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.
A for Application
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
P for Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.
Here is my S.O.A.P. for today…
In the NIV, the phrase “God said…” appears twelve times as God is creating the heavens and the earth and speaking about it. He SPOKE everything into existence.
Noted in verse 1:26 “let US make man in OUR image.”
“And there was evening and there was morning on the first day.”
I like that the specific location of the garden of Eden is spelled out where all these rivers converge… verse 2:14 “The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.” (You can still find these two rivers on the map today!)
Note: God gave the specific instructions about not eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to Adam before Eve was created. She didn’t hear it for herself… She had to trust what Adam was telling her was true. Not always easy to do!
Love the introduction to Luke 1…
“1 MANY have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
An “orderly” account… “carefully investigated” so that you may “know the certainty” of the things you have been taught.(!)
Even though an angel (Gabriel) spoke to Zechariah, he still had questions/doubts… We all do… His doubts cost him his ability to speak for a time… I wonder what mine cost me?
Gabriel also spoke to Mary…
Is there a difference between, “How can I be sure?” and “How will this be?” Seems there might have been a difference in attitude behind the question? Can’t be for sure… only conjecture.
When I think God has spoken to me, best to say what Mary said, “May your word to me be fulfilled.” It’s still always wait and see. Both she and Zechariah had to wait nine months, and both had to wait a lifetime to see those words fulfilled.
Lord, may my heart and mind always be open to what you have to say to me… That I would know with “certainty” the things you have called me to. Even though I’m made in your image, I know I’m still human and that I don’t have it all figured out. Please help me to be faithful as I walk out the things you have called me to…