Thursday, March 15, 2012
Welcome to Day 74 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
Deuteronomy 28:1 “If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:
3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. 4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. 5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. 6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. 7 The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. 8 The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
9 The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you. 11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.
12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
(Insert L O N G list of curses, if, here…)
Deuteronomy 29, reiteration of various aspects of the Law, again. And a reminder of life in Egypt…
v 29 “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”
Galatians 6:1, “if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person…
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit…” v 18
What a great list of blessings, if…
Some promises are conditional… I will do this, if you do that. But if you don’t do this, I won’t do that.
What do you think it means to “fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands?”
I need to ponder that one for a while… One could THINK I’m “fully obeying” and how would you know if you are (or aren’t?) I THINK I am… people may even agree with me based upon what they see, and that would be good.
But in reality, we perform for an audience of One.
Thank you that it’s your heart to bless your people.