Day 2 Life Journal 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
Welcome to Day 2 of our Vineyard Life Journal blog! 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.
Right off the bat… 3:1 “Did God really say?” Compare to chapters 1 and 2 “God said” twelve times. People always question what God has said, both in the Bible and personally…
Blame is never good. “The woman you gave me… SHE…”
4:7 True for all of us… “If you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
(Only took 4 chapters and 8 verses to get to the first murder in humanity. Jealousy and disobedience preceded. Note to self.)
I wonder how many “restless wanderers” there are out there… I have met a few.
Funny, the first verse to mention anyone other than Adam & Eve, Cain or Able, mentions Cain’s wife… who was she? Where did she come from? I know many people struggle with this, but there are a lot of things I don’t know and don’t matter to me. Faith has unanswered questions. That’s ok with me. A population explosion in verses 17-22!
Key verse 4:26: “At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.”
Key verse 5:21, “Enoch walked faithfully with God.”
Noah started his family at the ripe old age of 500! lol
Luke 2, I have read that chapter (the Christmas story) so many times over the course of my life… I am still left with one thought, “Wise men still seek Him today.” (Matthew 2) Not a lot mentioned about Jesus from childhood to age 12 or then up to age 30 when he started his ministry.
Even under the most ideal circumstances (the Garden of Eden) sin is not far off. Even having seen God and walking with Him, both Adam and Eve did the ONE thing that was forbidden. Jealousy was the root cause of Cain killing Abel, and it was over his sacrifice! Even in church jealousy can sneak in. Take note.
Be on guard… live a measured life at all times. Sin waits for an opportunity in all of our lives… Remember what God has said in His word and to me. When the enemy asks, “Did God really say?” Simply answer, “Yes, He did.” In james it says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Just don’t crack that door!
Lord, I need you to give me the strength to live out this life of faith… Help me to be like Enoch, to walk with You. I know I can’t do it on my own and I don’t even want to try. Protect my heart from jealousy. I pray that my sacrifices are acceptable to you.