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 234

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Welcome to Day 234 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Jeremiah 28; Jeremiah 29; Jeremiah 30; 1 John 3 (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

S cripture

Jeremiah 28:15, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you.”

Jeremiah 29:9, “They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the Lord.”

11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah 30:24, “The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes
the purposes of his heart.

1 John 3:1, “How great is the love the Father has

lavished

on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

18 “Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

O bservation

Wow, so much that could be written about…

False prophets.

The plans God has for us.

God’s love for us.

Actions speak louder than words.

A pplication

1 John 3:1, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

Lav-ish, to expend or give in great amounts or without limit.

Love without limit.

How GREAT is the love the Father has lavished on us! (Not that it is not a question… it’s a statement.)

We are called the children of God!

I was talking with a guy today, who is new to our church. We were sharing our stories. He talked about his faith and his struggles. I talked about mine, or lack thereof… I have never really had a crisis of faith. I have always believed in God and in Jesus. It was never hard for me. I always believed that he died for my sins and that he rose from the dead.

Walking it out is the hard part, right?

Believing that God lavishes his love on me, now that’s a different matter. That can be difficult for me to get my head around.

Unconditional love… lavished upon me.

Not just any ol’ love, mind you… unconditional love, lavished upon me.

I’m not great at lavishing love upon anyone… not even my wife or kids, really… I think I’m doing good just to be a loving person.

“Lavishing” sets the bar very high, doesn’t it. It kicks love into a whole new level…

It’s buckets full. It’s beyond measure.

Love without limit…

Imagine loving those around you, without limit. Imagine lavishing love upon them. What would that look like? What would change? How different would that look than it does now?

Love without limit.

Gonna chew on that for a while myself…

P rayer

Show me what it means to love without limit…

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2 thoughts on “Day 234

  1. Jer. 29:13 you wull seek me and you will find me when you seek me with your whole heart. Jer. 30:11 I am with you and I will save you. 21)I will bring him near and he will come close to me. For who is he that will devote himself to be close to me? 1john 3:1 how great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called the children of God. I couldn’t wait to write these words. LAVISH. That unconditional everlasting LOVE. No matter what is going in my life, I can center me with that one verse. Father thank you for your word, your promises and the covenant of a thousand generations. For us.

  2. Step 1 – Love God. Step 2 – Love Others – easy to type, but SO HARD to do the second one. I must constantly remind myself that loving others is how you love God. We are to be like Jesus. Jesus =love. 1 Cor. 13 type of love.

    I want to be thought of as a loving person, but I really am not. I love animals – dogs and cats NO PROBLEM! I will do almost anything for those guys. They depend on us for everything. They do not talk back to me. They are rather consistent; however, people are hard to please.

    I will cry if any animal in a movie gets hurt in any way, but I can laugh or really enjoy people being killed. It is sick, right? It is how God made me. I have a passion for animals. I must challenge myself to love people the same way. WOW!

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