Day 4… already??
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Welcome to Day 4 of our Life Journal!
(They come quickly, don’t they!) I can tell you this, keeping up daily, not playing catch-up is the key to this program. One can easily do the reading and the S.O.A.P. exercise in 30 minutes to an hour per day… but if you get behind… it only makes it more difficult. Best to stay on top of it! Don’t get discouraged, simply move on. If you have to skip a day or get a little behind, don’t let it take you out of the race!
Do you realize we are just getting started? This is a year long marathon… not a 100 meter dash. Keep that in mind along the way!
I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am! Thanks for participating in 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?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
9:22-23 “Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.”
11:6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.”
Luke 4, Jesus had the power to turn stones into bread… but he didn’t. He resisted the devil. Noticed that the devil quoted scripture to him… interesting. The enemy knows scripture and may even twist it to deceive us? A scary thought, especially as we are going through the entire Bible together as a church family.
Says, “Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit…” after fasting and being tempted for 40 days.
Classic passage of scripture from Isaiah 61… (Keep in mind, chapter and verse breaks weren’t added until the mid 1200s…)
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 too proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
One son left his father exposed… the other two covered his nakedness. They refused to even look upon him. Thought of the verse, “Love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 We always have a choice… to talk about what someone has done, or offer to help them through it. One son dishonored his father. The other two honored him.
God was concerned about man’s attempt at building a tower “that reached the heavens.” I wonder what He thinks about some of our buildings today, or that we actually pulled of landing on the moon! I wonder if He didn’t thwart recent attempts due to not being under the law? Think about the scientific advances in the past 100 years, vs. the previous several thousand since Noah… What God said was true, “then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.”
Preaching the good news to the poor. Proclaiming freedom, healing the sick… We’ve always done those… however… proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor! Wondering if this could be a year of the Lord’s favor. Is it a matter of proclaiming it, or agreeing with the Father that it IS. Hmmm…
Two thoughts today…
I can choose to be like Noah’s two sons that honored him and covered him. Or, I can be like the other that mocked and exposed his nakedness.
I can choose to participate in Isaiah 61… (Or not.) To proclaim the good news to the poor, freedom, the Lord’s favor. (Or not.)
Lord, help me to become a person who lifts others up… whether it is my father or “the poor.” That I would be a person who proclaims the Lord’s favor, not His judgment or His wrath, as so many people think and do. Give me/us power as we pray, that the blind would recover their sight, not just spiritually, but physically. Give me bold faith that doesn’t just “ask for” but PROCLAIMS your favor! This is what I want my life to be about… Over the long haul!