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 190

Monday, July 9, 2012

Welcome to Day 190 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Micah 1; Micah 2; Micah 3; Micah 4; Hebrews 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

After a couple of long days of travel, I’m back on track. Spent all day Saturday and Sunday traveling. Saturday was a waste as our flight ultimately got cancelled. Finally got home Sunday at 6:00 PM.

S cripture

FYI: Micah is quoted in Isaiah and Jeremiah, by the chief priests in Matthew 2 and by Jesus in Matthew 10.

Micah 1, “For Samaria’s plague is incurable; it has spread to Judah.”

Micah 2:11, “If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ that would be just the prophet for this people!”

(Ouch!) Followed up by another great promise!

2:12 “I will surely gather all of you, Jacob; I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in its pasture; the place will throng with people. 13 The One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their King will pass through before them, the Lord at their head.”

Micah 3, The three prophecies of this chapter announce the rejection and punishment of Israel’s incompetent, corrupt leadership.

Micah 4, What a great promise, again!

1 “In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. 2 Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.”

Hebrews 6:1, “Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity.”

O bservation

I touched on this idea in yesterday’s blog… Micah 4 and Hebrews 6 both echo the same theme… “He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” He does the work, then we walk in it.

A pplication

The deeper revelation, the deeper teaching, the meat of the word is love. Not digging into the Greek or Hebrew so as to gain deeper knowledge. Not revisiting the basics of the faith, but growing in our love for one another. Growing in our knowledge of Him. Drawing closer to him. Going deeper in him.

If you follow this blog, you know I love word studies. I love the word in general. I am very practical.

But when someone claims they are “not being fed” I wonder, do they pick up the fork for themselves?

Once you have done all the Beth Moore studies. Once you have read all of Bill Johnson’s, Rick Warren’s and Max Lucado’s books… then what?

It’s walking it out.

Day in. Day out. Day after day after day…

Loving each other and the people around us. Worshiping him… Living our lives as a sacrifice.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 8:1, “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” If we know everything and yet don’t apply it to our lives, it’s only data stored in our head. Once we apply it to our lives and walk it out, then it is stored in our heart.

He teaches us his ways, then we walk in his paths.

That’s how it works.

He teaches us. He speaks to us, then we walk it out.

(Did you note that it says walk “in” his paths, not “on” his path? That’s curious to me…)

As we do that, his promise is to never leave us or forsake us.

He is Immanuel, God with us. (Immanuel is Hebrew, Emmanuel is Greek.)

That’s all he ever wanted… was to be with his people.

P rayer

Lord, make my heart your home… a resting place for you.

Hebrews 6:19, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”


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One thought on “Day 190

  1. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:18-20 MSG

    Am I actually running to God for my very life? …to His promises? Grabbing hold? …and never (ever) letting go?

    I’ve had many promises made to me that were broken, so it’s hard to believe in promises. I know that I can trust in the promises that God makes though. But there is still that part of me that has trouble trusting. There are times when it seems that I am chasing God as hard as I can, and others when I feel like I am sitting along the side of the track with a side cramp. Probably more the latter than former.

    Jesus gives us a spiritual lifeline. Is this like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire where I have three to use? I think it’s more like a reverse umbilical cord that is attached when we accept Christ. It is unbreakable, not like the unbreakable combs we had when I was younger that would break rather easily. It takes us right to the presence of God. This is an overwhelming thought.

    Lord, I’m glad your mercy is renewed every day. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to hold on. We need more of your presence. We need to worship You more. Thank you, Jesus, for going ahead of us.

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