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 348

Friday, December 14, 2012

Welcome to Day 348 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Hebrews 12; Hebrews 13; Jude: 1 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

Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men,

so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

10 “Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.”

28 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Hebrews 13:15, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

Jude 1:24, “To him who is able to

keep you from stumbling

and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”

O bservation

Wondering to whose “great joy” Jude was referring?

A pplication

“… and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy…”

Whose great joy??

Mine? In being presented faultless?

Or his, in presenting me?

Does it bring him great joy in finding me faultless?

Or is the joy mine for having been made faultless by him?

Sometimes scripture is not clear as to what is being modified…

The New Living Translation puts it this way, “Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.”

The New Century Version states it, “God is strong and can help you not to fall. He can bring you before his glory without any wrong in you and can give you great joy.”

Ok, so the NCV clearly translates it as though the joy is mine.

I beg to differ. (Just for fun…)

I believe he has great joy in presenting me faultless!

How about this verse to back up my translation theory…

“Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 25:23

Psalm 16:11, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.”


There is no question about his joy, the question is my joy… I am certain that when I stand before the Lord and he finds me not guilty, and he says to me, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” that I will be overwhelmingly filled with joy…

I think he will be too. (Filled with joy, that is…)

The word joy appears in scripture 242 times. 57 times in the Psalms alone… (I thought most of those times would have been in the Psalms!)

Someone quoted this during our staff prayer time the other day, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come!”

Luke 2:10, “Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

“I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”

All people!

… great joy… to all people!

This is not “good” news…

This is GREAT news!

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

P rayer

Thank you Lord for this great news that is for all people!


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  1. Nicole Marvin on said:

    Hebrews 12;2-3 (MSG)
    “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”

    Such a good reminder…to keep my eyes on Jesus. He could put up with anything, and it was a whole lot more than I will ever go through. I’m not comparing myself to him, just saying that he struggled far beyond what I could ever go through-so he’s been there, done that. He knows my struggles. That does shoot adrenaline in my soul!

    Thank you, Father, for your son. Thank you that he knows me on an intimate level.
    Thank you for the strength and peace that you have given me today.

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