Monday, January 30, 2012
Welcome to Day 30 of our 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?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Exodus 25, 26, 27 are the instructions for the Ark of the Covenant, the Tabernacle, and all its furnishings…
25:8-9 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.”
Acts 6:1, “In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews… choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them.” (Great example of going from “me” to “we.” Ephesians 4, “equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.”)
Bottom line, church growth always creates problems. ‘Nuf said…
Again, I know how this story of Stephen turns out… “the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. (Paul.)
Today’s readings again reminded me that God is not, and does not want to be far off. He wants to be WITH us. With me… Not distant. Near.
Revelation 21:3, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”
Matthew 27:50-51, “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” (The curtain separating the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place or The Holy of Holies
Hebrews 10:19, “…we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus…”
Today’s application is easy. I need to remember, every moment, that God wants to be with me.
God I thank you that you want to be with me. Thank you for tearing that curtain that kept man separated from you… that kept us from entering into that Most Holy Place. Thank you that you don’t dwell in buildings or tents… but that you live in us, and abide with us by your Spirit. Thank you for your son Jesus, the Lamb of God, and our great high priest who made this possible according to your plan.