Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 74

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Welcome to Day 74 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Deuteronomy 28, 29; Galatians 6 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

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

S cripture

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.

However… if…”

(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…

gently.”

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit…” v 18

O bservation

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.

A pplication

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.

P rayer

Thank you that it’s your heart to bless your people.

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4 thoughts on “Day 74

  1. Ok ill start. I loved the verse Deut. 30:4 even if you have been banished to the most distant land, FROM THERE the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. For me it means that no matter what distance we place between us and God that He will meet us where we are and care for us. Psalm 40:11 may your love and truth always protect me. Wow.

  2. Lisa Green on said:

    Today has many if,then statements- for either blessing or cursing. Galatians says to be not weary in doing good and what is right, keep the courage and to be a blessing to others especially the household of faith.

    The more time filled up with doing good and what is right, the less time there is to fill the space with an if, then that is not a blessing.

    Lord may I keep the courage, faith, and strength to choose to continue in the good and right.

  3. Nicole Marvin on said:

    Gal. 6:1-3 (msg)

    “Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law.”

    Mercy. We need more mercy and less judgement.

    Lord, please give me your heart. Fill me with mercy.

    Gal. 6:4-5 (msg)
    “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”

    Who am I? What is my work?

    Help me not to have any pride in my life, Lord. Humble me. Help me to keep my eyes on you, with blinders as to what others are doing.

  4. Blessings and curses… It’s hard to put this in perspective in the NT age. Or is it?

    Ephesians 1:3-6 reads “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”

    So what about the curses?

    Romans 8:31-34 says “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one.”

    We just read in Galations 3:13-14 “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”

    We are blessed through Christ and He is our protection from curses. We need to be in Christ and stay in Christ. When we stand firm and resist the devil, he will flee from us.

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