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 189

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Welcome to Day 189 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Hosea 13; Hosea 14; Psalm 100; Psalm 101; Psalm 102; Hebrews 5 (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

Hosea 13:9, “You are destroyed, Israel, because you are against me, against your helper.”

Hosea 14:4, “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.”

14:9, “Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

Psalm 100:5, “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

Psalm 101:6, “the one whose walk is blameless will minister to me.”

Psalm 102:19, “The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth, 20 to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.”

Hebrews 5:12, “You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

O bservation

Peter wrote about desiring the pure milk of the word. That’s not what this is referring to… God’s desire is for us to go deeper.

A pplicaton

God’s expectation is that we grow. That we change. That we become holy, pure, righteous.

And it’s a funny thing… because we can’t do it on our own.

There is the work that God did through Jesus. That’s what this is referring to in Hebrews 5. This passage is about Jesus being our great high priest. Becoming “righteous” by not giving in to the works of the flesh (Galatians 5).

This is a slippery slope though. If we begin to think that we are righteous on our own merits, that’s a problem.

The righteousness he provides through his work on the cross gets us into heaven.

That’s his part.

Our part is walking it out. Making good decisions. Choosing to do good. To serve others. To worship him. To abstain from evil works…

Jesus said, “I have meat to eat that you know not of.” We can always go deeper. We can always press into his presence.

Paul said “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” 1 Corinthians 13:11.

Paul also wrote in Ephesians 4:15, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”

Here’s the tricky part… we can never make it about what we do, are doing or have done. It always, always, always has to go back to what he has done.

It’s not about us… yet, we still have to walk it out.

Romans talks about “should we continue in sin that grace may abound? No!” So grace is not a license to sin.

Grace gives us the strength to walk it out. To walk through. To persevere. To overcome!

P rayer

Strengthen me to walk this out with you. Thank you for your Holy Spirit that never leaves me or forsakes me!


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One thought on “Day 189

  1. When I fed them, they were satisfied;
    when they were satisfied, they became proud;
    then they forgot me.

    I think it’s easy to forget God. Whether through pride or by modern technology, it’s easy to forget…

    I know I take God for granted since food is so readily available in the supermarket. Does a nice big juicy hamburger with lettuce, tomato, onion and cheese on a lightly toasted bun simply come from various things the WE buy at Kroger? Before the truck delivered it there, God created the steer and the desire for them to procreate and sustain a population of meat for future generations. Man may plant the tomato seed, but who designed it and who provides rain to nourish it? God even created the natural gas that makes my grill work. Even with modern technology, it’s quite mind blowing to ponder all the processes it takes to get a hamburger patty to a grocery store or restaurant and keep it cold and ready to sell and prepare.

    Note to self, give thanks to God for food, even if it’s a greasy fast food burger. It’s occasionally good to fast as a reminder.

    I’m sorry for taking you for granted. Thank you for making our food sources and preparation so convenient. Our crops are dry and in jeopardy. Please provide the rain so desperately needed. I ask this in Jesus name.

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