Friday, July 13, 2012
Welcome to Day 194 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: Isaiah 15; Isaiah 16; Isaiah 17; Isaiah 18; Hebrews 10 (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
Isaiah 15 and 16, an oracle against Moab…
Isaiah 17, an oracle against Damascus…
10 “You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress.”
Isaiah 18, pruning and dead carcasses being preyed upon… judgment is never fun.
Hebrews 10:14, “by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. 17, “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
31 “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
I’m so glad I don’t have to worry about that… (“falling into the hands of the living God.”)
I am resting in the hands of the living God.
We now have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place, by the blood of Jesus…
How about THIS for a verse; v 35 “Do not throw away your confidence…”
It’s so easy to do that. To forget all that Christ has done for us, or to think because we have stumbled that somehow we get deleted from his “A” list and moved to the “B” list, where we have to work a little harder, beg for forgiveness and earn our way.
“Do not throw away your confidence…”
Remember Hebrews 4? “Let us then approach the throne of grace with (you guessed it) confidence.”
The King James Version translates that, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace…”
I prefer the word “confidence.”
Boldly sounds… arrogant? to me. Or that I may be taking for granted the work he has done. But confidence means that I don’t have to be sheepish or afraid. I can be confident… because of what HE has done.
I never, ever, depends on what I have or haven’t done. I trust him. I’m in.
Don’t throw it away.
… and so, so thankful… for all you have done for me.