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
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.”
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.
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!