Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Welcome to Day 227 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
Jeremiah 18:7, “If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.
Jeremiah 19, yet again, more doom and gloom… destruction and judgment…
Jeremiah 20, I think Jeremiah must be tired of it, too… “Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and to end my days in shame?”
Psalm 93:1, “The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and is armed with strength.”
John 17:20, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me…”
“If at any time… that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.”
AT ANY TIME! (That, my friends, is what we call “mercy.)
Funny thing I noticed about my own blog… often times my Application has nothing really to do with my Observation. Have you also noticed that about yours? I wonder why that is…
I think in my case it’s that just because I made a note-worthy observation, that’s not necessarily what I feel God is speaking to me about, or what applies to my life. Although of course it’s good to know, “At any time!”
We had a guest speaker at our staff meeting Wednesday. His name is Jesse Cupp, our regional Global Legacy guy from Bethel Church… he came to meet and encourage our staff.
One of the verses in today’s reading from John is one he referenced during our staff meeting. John 17:21, “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us…”
I think that’s a request the Father is happy to grant, or at least was going to happen, and Jesus simply made it known to us! “May they also be in us.” How cool is that?? And that Jesus has given us the glory that the Father gave to him!
“May they also be in us…”
Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:6, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…”
He has already raised us up WITH Christ, seated us WITH him IN the heavenly realms, IN Christ Jesus.
We are already WITH him AND IN him! How cool is THAT??
It’s already done. Finished.
They say you can’t be in two places at once?
I can! And I AM… in two places at once!
I am seated here, at the table at my breakfast nook… AND I am seated in the heavenly realms IN Christ Jesus.
If you are a believer in Christ, the same is true for you. I think just most people don’t think about this stuff… That we are no longer sinners saved by grace. We are saints! I was a sinner, but once Christ saved me, I am no longer a sinner! (Not because of anything I have done, that’s for sure!) But because of what HE has done!
He said on the cross, “It… is… finished.”
He paid my debt in full!
Thank you Lord!!!