Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Welcome to Day 212 of our Life Journal!
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 63:1, “I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us—yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. 8 He said, “Surely they are my people, children who will be true to me”; and so he became their Savior.”
Isaiah 64:5b, “How then can we be saved? 6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags…”
8 “You, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
Psalm 107:13, “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.”
43 “Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.”
John 2:10, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
Pondering, “but you have saved the best till NOW.”
God is a God of now. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
Jesus only did what he saw the father doing. John 5:19
Doing. Not “did.” Doing… now.
This is my message for the upcoming weekend. Been thinking about a few different topics, but I think this is a message for our church, now. (Sorry, couldn’t pass that up…)
Put the past behind me.
Look to the future.
Live in the now.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
I’m sure that “now” in Hebrews 11 is transitive in its meaning… it’s not really “Now-faith” it’s “Now, faith…” as in “Now, moving on from there, faith is…”
But I like the “Now-faith” aspect. My friend Steve Bowen often refers to this verse in this way… It’s NOW faith. Faith for now. This moment. When God is present and doing something.
What is God doing in your life?
That’s a very different question than, “What has God done in your life?” That’s your testimony… And that’s good! It’s your testimony as to what God has done. But what is God doing… now… in your life?
Doing is present tense.
Done is past tense. (Sorry for the elementary English lesson…)
“Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58 (Jesus quoting from Exodus 3:14 when Moses asked God, “What should I say when they ask me your name?”
New Testament, “I am” Greek: “Eimi.” “To be, to exist, to happen, to be present. I am. I be. I have been.”
Old Testament, “I am” Hebrew: “Hayah.” “Be, become, come to pass, exist, happen.” Then He added, “the Lord” (YHWH/YaHWeH or “Jehovah” “the existing one.”) “God” (Elohyim, a plural, masculine noun) of your fathers.
God is a God of “now.” God of the present…
“Be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18… is present tense, “Be” filled.
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
How about this for a “now” verse! “LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” Habakkuk 3:2
God is most certainly the God of now!
Give me eyes to see what you are doing!