Change Up: Journaling from Experiencing God

With growth there is change. I’ve decided along with my daily devotional readings from various “Reading Lists” of which I have mentioned when I first began my journal earlier this year, I would like to go back to The Experiencing God series and journal on one unit each week for the next twelve weeks.  What’s nice about doing this is that I can review and refresh what I learned in a great study and I’ll have scripture verses and topics that I can expand on in my devotional journal.

I’m also changing some of the format, the SOAP will still be in the journal, however due to the layout of the site, I’ll move the “S” and the “reading from” to another section – which will seem out of out and I appologize to those of you who are accustomed to seeing it in the original form. The reason for this is that this new format online only shows the summary and I need to get the key points to show on the home page. Thanks for understanding, please send me a message if you have any comments on how I can improve this for easy reading.

Although I’m the type of person who likes consistency, and changing Reading Lists may seem inconsistent; as I’ve done it several times since the beginning. However, the goal wasn’t to do one Reading List and journal from that, but to stay in the Word daily and journal from one scripture that stood out to me. It’s been a challenge to journal daily, as many people would agree. It’s easier to do on private notebook at home that no one might stumble upon and read, critique, edit, etc – and I know most people don’t post and critique and make sure their spelling etc is passable. However doing this is something that keeps me growing as to what I feel God is teaching me skills and discipline.  I know people are reading this, so that keeps me going. I also know that as I grow in my walk with the Lord, I can share and hopefully encourage others to do the same through example.

In the coming months, we will have completed a great study by Henry Blackaby and Claude King. Each weekly unit has five daily studies. I’ll pick scriptures and passages from the study to journal on. You can look at their website where I read my daily devotions and see how the study of Experiencing God works very well with their devotional. www.blackaby.org You can also follow along if you decide to purchase the Experiencing God workbook check out Amazon.com or Christianbooks.com (I receive no monetary benefit from the sale or blogging on this workbook) – The only prerequisite to this study is that you have a personal relationship with Christ. You can click here: “How to Know God.”

In 1st Corinthians 2:14, “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” In order to get the most of this you need to have the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God dwelling in you. Take time to make sure that you know:

  • Romans 3:23 – All have sinned.
  • Romans 6:23 – Eternal life is a free gift of God.
  • Romans 5:8 – Because of love, Jesus paid the death penalty for your sins.
  • Romans 10:9-10 – Confess Jesus as Lord and believe God raised Him from the dead.
  • Romans 10:13 – Ask god to save you and He will.

Still not sure if you have a personal relationship with God? Click here – How to Know God – go ahead, check it out. When you’re done, come back and we’ll begin together. I’ll be waiting right here. It’s okay, go on now.

Today’s Date: March 7, 2010

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Light and Darkness

Date: January 31, 2010

Title:  Be the Light

Scripture Readings: Exodus12:14-13:16, Matt 20:29-21:22, Psalm 25:16-22, Proverbs 6:12-15

ODB (Our Daily Bread) Eph 5:8

S – Scripture:

You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord Walk as children of light. Eph 5:8

Click here to read the entire ODB devotional

A friend of mine has the opportunity each winter to attend the Super Bowl as a journalist. His job is to garner interviews with Christian athletes and National Football League staff for a faith-based radio program.

When he first started covering the big game a few years ago, he grew disillusioned with the self-serving, pleasure-seeking atmosphere during Super Bowl week. “I found it to be a very dark place,” he says.

One day he told a former NFL player, a Christian, how he was feeling. The athlete looked at my friend and said, “Brother, you are being light in this dark place.” That comment reminded my friend why he was there, and it helped renew his excitement for serving God in a place where the light of the gospel is needed. It spurred him to shine his light.

Perhaps you work in a setting where God is not acknowledged, faith is mocked, and godless living is applauded. Maybe you feel that you are going into “a very dark place.”

Why not be a light (Eph. 5:8)—through your smiles, kind words and deeds, and diligent work. Ask God to bring opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ. You may be the only light a co-worker sees today.  — Dave Branon

Click here to read the entire ODB devotional

O – Observation:

ODB gives a great devotional on how one’s outlook on life is directed to selfishness and looking inward, while Christians are taught to give and look toward Christ. It’s easy to have the feelings that the reporter had in this devotional on how he felt the “darkness” surrounded by his Superbowl interview assignment. While others are cheering and hyped for a football game, he was mourning the souls of the many players who did not know Christ. Yet we are reminded that in many circumstances where we would like to flee from being surrounded by darkness, if that be people, job, family, friends, or environment, we are reminded that in the pitch dark, if someone where to shine a flashlight, the room would light up – wherever we walk, we are to shine our light, even when we are not comfortable in the situation, we need to be children of light.

A – Application:

Whatever circumstance the Lord allows in my life, I am to shine my light, which is the light of Christ that dwells in me. I am to do my best not to flee and allow others to remain in darkness but to share the love of Christ by planting seeds. I may not “close the sale” but if I allow Christ to work in me and share his light, the Lord will do all the rest, as I wrote in my journal entry yesterday, Mt 19:26 But with God everything is possible. I can’t do anything on my own, if I do, I get my reward; if I allow Christ before me, His will be done.

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for the fellowship with others. With both Christians and non; that we may be able to uplift others in their walk with Christ and shine our light unto others who don’t yet know you. I ask for your forgiveness of my sins. You are the great provider, healer, teacher, my strength, and my peace. Thank you Lord for going before me and I know that you are the Light of the world.

In Jesus name, amen.

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What is a Yoke?

Date: January 16, 2010

Tired? Be Yoked with Jesus

Scripture Readings: Gen 32:13-34:31, Matt 11:7-30, Psalm 14:1-7, Proverbs 3:19-20

S – Scripture: Matt 11:28-30 Then Jesus said, “come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

O – Observation:

Jesus said he would give, ‘rest for the weary.’ What is weary? What is a yoke? A ‘Yoke’ means a bar of wood, constructed to unite two animals, enabling them to work the fields. http://bibleseo.com/christian-life/yoke-bible-definition-word-study/

In the various commentaries and bible dictionaries I’ve searched – figuratively, “Yoke” is a symbol of submission (see link). In these verses, Jesus is saying to take “his” yoke. If we unite with him, he will teach us. Can you imagine having a ‘yoke’ connecting yourself and Jesus, plowing fields, drawing loads, going through your daily life. As he is the knowledgeable one, the other person (like the two united animals) who helps bear our burdens. Jesus is so kind to say that his ‘yoke’ is easy, because he will help and not allow the ‘yoke’s bar’ to chaff on us, because he is right along side of us. We don’t need to carry burdens (loads) of stress, work, oppression, bondage – we can cast our cares to Jesus. We can be freed from this. I Peter 5:7 ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’

A – Application:

I have read this scripture countless times, over the years, yet I am often amazed that as I go before the Lord in my quiet time, that new wisdom is revealed. I knew what a yoke was, I had heard this passage taught by many teachers, yet today it’s the Holy Spirit teaching again, that Jesus is with me. That I can be linked up with Jesus and I don’t have to or need to, carry any burden on my own. Too often I say, “I can’t do it, it’s too much, I’m so overwhelmed.” Yet the bible clearly states I don’t need to carry burdens alone.

Today’s devotion for me is as if Jesus is telling me, “Fool! How many times do I have to tell you, stop doing things on your own? That’s why you’re tired, overwhelmed, depressed, and moody! Snap out of it!”  Well, that’s how the Spirit of God has to speak to my spirit sometimes, so that I listen, I’m a little thick skulled at times. Always thinking and thinking and thinking – how to do this, that, and whatever, yet I need to go to Jesus first. Hey, if we’re yoked together, he’s not far. And since the Word of God says, in Jesus words himself, “Come to me.. I will give you rest… take my yoke… learn from me… you will find rest for your souls… my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

These verses also remind me of:  II Corin 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?  – Is this true for marriage, friendships, work? You can look into that. I believe definitely for marriage. I believe that those we spend the most time with, have an influence on our Worldview. It’s a challenge to spend large amounts of time with people who don’t have the same biblical foundation as yourself. Think about it this way, do the people you spend time with challenge you ‘towards’ God or away from him? Most of us will need to work in the secular arena. Most of our children will need to attend public schools, vs Christian or Home School. However, we do have a choice with our thoughts and actions in our “down” time. After work, we don’t need to get a drink with the gang. After school and during breaks – do we have gossip talks, and/or do things that are questionable in God’s eyes? Seek God Mt 6:33

P – Prayer:

Lord Jesus, thank you for being with me every step of the way. Even in times when I think I am alone, there you are, right next to me, yoked along side – saying you’re trying to guide and I’m pulling in another direction. Thank you for your patience, your forgiveness, your love and understanding. Help me to know and do your will, so that I’m not pulling in the wrong direction as I stay ‘yoked’ along with  you. Amen.

Side Notes:

Here’s an excerpt from the Definition of Yoke in the Bible:

Yoke in the Bible (NT):

  • Mt 11:28-30, Acts 15:10, 2 Cor 6:14, Phil 4:3 etc
  • Gal 5:1: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.”
  • Paul in Gal 5:1 and Peter in Acts 15:10 talk about yoke of bondage that the Law brings, the yoke that no one can carry. The requirements of the Law are beyond our capacity!
  • Rom 8:2 – “Because through Christ Jesus, the law of spirit has set me free from the law of sin and death.”
  • Christ Jesus has set us free from the yoke of bondage through the law. Jesus took upon himself the yoke of Law and fulfilled it. Therefore, through him, we can be set free from the yoke of sin and death.
  • Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
  • Jesus invites all who are under the yoke of Law or sin and offers the true rest for their souls.
  • We may visualize this as Jesus being the master or a farmer and us being yoked with a lighter load. But that is NOT the right picture.
  • Farmers used to yoke the young ox with the old experienced ox to train them. The old ox will take the major load and the young one will be walking along and learning from him. If you read this verses in light of this, it makes more sense.
  • What a wonderful picture, Jesus is giving to those who are exhausted, weary and burdened from carrying the load by themselves! What a comfort, peace, joy and rest it is to know that Jesus is right with us, walking with us, teaching us and strengthening us side by side!

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Will You be Liked, if you Deny Christ?

Today’s Date:  January 15, 2010

Will You be “Liked”, if you Deny Christ?

 

 Reading: Gen 31:17-32:12, Matt 10:24-11:6, Psalm 13:1-6, Proverbs 3:16-18

S – Scripture: “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.”  Mt 10:32-33

O – Observation:

Jesus said if we acknowledge him on earth, he will do the same in heaven. But if we deny him on earth, he will deny us before our Father God. That’s easy to read and understand. It’s scary though, when we are put in a life or death situation – would you still admit you are a Christ follower? Or how about a “like” or “dislike” situation? Will my family and friends still accept me for following? Mt 10:40 Jesus says, “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.”

A – Application:

It’s challenging to hear these words. Often times we want to please others, we just want to be “liked”. There are probably more situations of people who will deny Christ to be “liked” than those who will deny him to escape death.  As one becomes stronger in their faith it’s easier to say, “I choose Jesus.” It becomes more challenging as friends and family – “disown” and don’t want to associate with you for being a follower of Jesus, so sometimes we compromise. How you may ask? We don’t stand up and share our faith openly. We laugh or stay quiet when those around us are speaking or acting in ways of the world – negative, derogatory, swearing, etc – or we don’t hold others accountable for their behavior. Even other Christians will desire to be “liked” by those on earth, than honor their faith in Christ – so we’re left with a few friends, instead of many. The bible says that we are to fellowship with one another. We are to encourage each other in our faith. Even if they (friends, family) both Christian and non-Christian – put us down for acknowledging Jesus or being “too” opinionated, or “too religious”. This is not about being religious; this is about a relationship with Christ. This is about not wanting to be denied by Jesus, when we come before the Throne of God and will Jesus say, “Father, I know her, she did not deny you on earth.”

There’s a great research article by The Barna Group, that’s quoted in The Truth Project – Lesson 2: The study asked the question, “How many Americans have a biblical worldview? The answer: General American population: 4%, “Born-again” American population: 9% – …and we don’t act that different from the world… I choose to be different from the world. I need to have a biblical worldview.

P – Prayer:

I pray that I am not put in the situation of a life or death in claiming my faith in Christ – like so many who live in countries who are not free to worship Jesus Christ.  I pray that those who risk their lives to bring others to Christ are protected and provided for. I ask the Lord to help me to be strong when I am placed in situations where I may be tempted to deny or “water down” my belief just to “get along” – that God will protect me in those situations and guide me to be a light for him. When I come before the Lord I want Jesus to say to our Father in Heaven, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

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Don't Let Sin Build-Up

Today’s Date: January 14, 2010

The Sin Buildup (ODB)

Reading: Gen 30-31:16, Matt 10:1-23, Psalm 12:1-8, Proverbs 3:13-15 & Our Daily Bread (ODB): II Corin 4:7

S – Scripture:

We have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. —2 Corinthians 4:7

O – Observation:

The daily devotions from ODB made me think about asking for daily forgiveness in a different way. Here’s an excerpt: “God has provided a way to clear the accumulation of sins from our lives. First John 1:9 reminds us: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” But unless we do that often, we’ll be running on diminished power. That’s because the power for living comes from God and not us (2 Cor. 4:7). When we try to live the Christian life in our own strength, we’ll feel defeated—like windmills robbed of their energy.” (See ODB link for full story)

A – Application:

I can apply this scripture to my daily life by not just knowing that God loves me and forgives me, but that I need to look at my thoughts and actions to correct that which needs to be changed and ask (confess) my sins to the Father. P – Prayer: Father I thank you for your grace, forgiveness, love, patience, understanding, discernment, humility and so many other things you have given to my life. I ask that you forgive me for my sins. Help me to be humble, to admit my sins, when I am wrong, remove the stubbornness that often is crippling until I let go and let you take over. Help me to trust in you and obey your commandments. I hate to argue and want peace, yet those who provoke I need to know if I am to just forgive and let go or do I need to clarify so that we grow from the experience of just move on. Life is so short. Everyday thousands of people die. Some expected, some not. Yesterday a devastating earthquake hit Haiti and an estimated 100K people maybe dead. Many are missing and no communications is possible. Father help those people. Help their families who are desperately trying to reach them, to know that they are safe. Provide for the relief. Let this be an opportunity for those who don’t know you, to know your love and peace. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Are You Open to Discipline?

 

Today’s Date:  January 13, 2010

Are You Open to Discipline?

 

Reading: Gen 28 – 29:35, Matt 9:18-38, Psalm 11:1-7, Proverbs 3:11-12

S – Scripture:

Proverbs 3:11-12 “My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.”

O – Observation:

I think this scripture is self-explanatory; however I’d like to share a story. I was thinking the other day about something that happened when I was a kid in elementary school. I was playing softball during P.E. and I was at bat. I hit the ball and it flew – great hit – only thing, instead of dropping the bat, it sorta slipped as I was swinging back and flew out of my hands and across into the bushes – at a great force! Well, I started to run and the teacher said, “foul ball”. I looked at her and said, “Why, the ball was in field?” and she said, because someone could have gotten hurt when you didn’t hold on to the bat, so you’re out! I was disappointed to say the least, but I knew I was wrong.

I often think about kids who for whatever reason say, “That’s not fair.” And we as the adults think, ‘yeah, life’s not fair.’ In sports there are rules, for many reasons, which are why it’s great to have children play sports because they learn discipline and sportsmanship, along with working hard, perseverance, and team work, etc.  However when we don’t follow rules in sports we are “disciplined” with penalties.  If we keep breaking the rules, our team could lose, we could get hurt, etc – there are always “costs” to breaking rules and not following guidelines that were set up by people who usually are wiser than ourselves.

Well, what’s that got to do with anything or even the scripture verse I started with?  When a child is growing up it’s important that they follow their parent’s rules and guidelines. The child may not know why in every case, and some may not be able to have totally comprehension of why their parents are instructing them – one way or another. A good example is one of a toddler who walks wherever they want because they are learning to walk and it’s fun and exciting for them to get their steps of freedom away from their protective parents. Unfortunately these same protective parents may not have disciplined their child to ‘listen and obey’ – or the child is ‘strong willed’ or whatever the reason. Maybe its child’s fault for wandering on to a busy roadway and when their parent yelled, “stop” and the child didn’t understand why they had to obey their parent, cause they thought they knew better – what could happen? We often times don’t know what’s in front of us. However God knows. We often times feel or think we know better than God our Father and we do our own thing. We don’t obey a Word or guidance that He’s given us, because we feel we’re mature and knowledgeable enough to do our own thing.  Being disciplined at any age is tough. I know when someone corrects me with love, I can receive that wisdom with gratitude because they may know more than I – other times we feel we just need to learn the “hard” way.

A – Application:

I will apply this scripture to my life and remember that God knows more than I. I will be open to correction and discipline and when my spirit wants to be oppositional and retract – that the Holy Spirit would immediately correct me again so that I hear God’s correction and get back on the path that I need to be.

Just in case you’re wondering, I continued to play softball into my adult life – and you know what? I always kept a solid grip on the bat and even in the height of excitement at bat – I always dropped the bat (nicely) to my side before taking my base. Yup, I learn lessons; hopefully I get it the first time, just like that foul ball all those years ago.

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you that you love me. You love me enough to correct me and even though I have not always been obedient, you have been consistent to get after me and redirect me with love. I receive your grace and am blessed to be your child.  Amen

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Honor God with Your Best

Today’s Date:  January 12, 2010

 Honor the Lord

 

Reading: Gen 26:17-27:46, Mt 9:1-17, Psalm 10:16-18, Proverbs 3:9-10

 S – Scripture: 

“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10

O – Observation:

Proverbs 3:9-10 are verses that show further benefit of God’s Wisdom.

While listening to Jon Courson’s commentary on www.blueletterbible.com I was enlightened to hear about (Proverbs 1-3 – Jon describes) Psalms and Proverbs as a balancing act – Psalms deals with worship and Proverbs in the area of work. Psalms is to be read on your knees, Proverbs is to be read on your feet.

We are to “honor” the Lord with whatever we have. Wealth can be defined as, “abundance of valuable material possessions or resources, the state of being rich; affluence.” What’s interesting in one culture a person or people group can be seen as poor – yet in another culture – that same person or people group is seen as wealthy.  Why is that? What does that mean for me? Only when we travel and/or learn about how others live, do we realize that no matter what we have or don’t have, there is always someone who has less then we do.

A – Application:

All that I have belongs to God. Whatever I give to honor God is the best of what I have, not the scraps or that which is blemished or thrown away. I need to give God my first fruits. (“First fruits” were a time of thanksgiving for God’s provision.)  I need to remember to be thankful for the smallest to the largest – gifts from God. Only when I give back the best to God, will I receive an overflow. Some might say, I don’t have anything to give or I’m poor, what can I honor God with? For most it’s easy to give when we have an abundance. The difficulty comes when we have little and God asks for our first fruits.  We are to “honor” him always. Even when we have no possession to give, we have resources that we can offer to God, our time to help others, our skills, our knowledge – all to honor Him.

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for your love and understanding. Thank you for giving and providing. Thank you that no matter what, I am able to honor you in wisdom and truth, with both possession and resources.

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Get Over Yourself

January 11, 2010

“Get Over Yourself”

Reading: Gen 24:52-26:16, Mt 8:18-34, Psalm 10:1-15, Proverbs 3:7-8

S – Scripture: “

Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:7

O – Observation:

“Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.” If that don’t slap you in the face! Basically, ‘get over yourself.’ This is how I read this verse. It’s funny cause often I hear people talk about themselves and they’re so impressed with their knowledge that everything is about themselves – some call it call it self-promotion. How else would people know what I’m doing so that I can be promoted or get business or get attention. I don’t think it’s wrong to tell others about what you know, it’s called “sharing knowledge” – if it’s done in a way to help and edify others. However if all a person does is talk about how great, smart, etc they are – then they may be saying, “I don’t need God cause I know everything.” This proverb is saying, fear God – you aren’t that wise! When we do things on our own and succeed, it’s easy to say, it’s cause I know what I’m doing. It’s easy to say I trust in God when you have money, training, head knowledge to do something you believe God lead you to do. But it takes faith to move a mountain that you know you can’t do on your own.

A – Application:

I love my long-term missionary friends. They are truly people of faith and servants of God and His people. The many people who I have met through the years who live on very little in foreign countries, where they may or may not know the language, don’t know where they will sleep or when they will eat – they are just called to do God’s work by serving others –  these same missionaries also never say, “look at all I have done” – they say, “look at what God is doing.”  I’m humbled and reminded that these missionaries could have had a much easier life if they just said no, I was trained to do such and such so why would I go to a foreign land and serve people who won’t know who I am or what I sacrificed for serve them.

It’s one thing to be book smart, another to be street smart, but do we promote ourselves a little too much?  I think as long as it’s done with humility, not overly boisterous, then I’m striving to do as this proverb is instructing us to do.

P – Prayer:

Father I ask for forgiveness of my sins. That I never feel that I am better then others. That I am humbled by your servants example to me and that I be a servant to you Father God. That I be given an opportunity to be a witness for you. That you are a shining light within me.

Help me to sow the seeds of righteousness, Proverbs 11:18b (Experiencing God Devo)– Amen

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Trusting in God

Date: January 10, 2010

 

Title: Trusting in God, Not in Your Own Understanding

 

Scripture Readings: Gen 23 – 24:51, Matt 8:1-17, Psalm 9:13-20, Prov 3:1-6

S – Scripture:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. –Proverbs 3:5-6

O – Observation:

“Solomon is the main writer of the book of Proverbs.” GotQuestions.org reports, “In the Book of Proverbs, Solomon reveals the mind of God in matters high and lofty and in common, ordinary, everyday situations, too.”  The key words to this verse are: trust and seek. We are to trust the Lord, not depend on ourselves and what we can reconcile in our mind, and to seek God’s will, not our own, in everything we do – only when we do these things – will the Lord give us guidance as to where we should go when we ask for direction.

A – Application:

I will trust in the Lord. I need to remember that although God has given me a brain to think and has instilled information and wisdom, that which he has given me is not all I should depend on, but continue to Seek the Lord – and to have peace that whatever I am seeking him in – is God’s will, not my own. Only after doing these things, will I be shown the path to take. I will take steps of faith to go in the area that God is leading.

Here’s another excerpt from GotQuestions.org, on the explanation of the book of Proverbs.   “Our fear of the Lord’s wrath and justice is what drives us to Christ, who is the embodiment of God’s wisdom as expressed in His glorious plan of redemption for mankind. In Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3), we find the answer to our search for wisdom, the remedy for our fear of God, and the “righteousness, holiness and redemption” that we so desperately need (1 Corinthians 1:30). The wisdom that is found only in Christ is in contrast to the foolishness of the world, which encourages us to be wise in our own eyes. But Proverbs also tells us that the world’s way is not God’s way (Proverbs 3:7) and leads only to death (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25).”

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for this day. I ask forgiveness for my sins and that I am able and open-minded to know and do your will. I pray that I go to you first in all things, not wait as a ‘last resort’ and go to you when I am desperate, but from the beginning. So that I can show you that I trust you, lean not on my own understanding, seek your will in all things, no matter how big or small, and that you will guide my path. Amen.

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Trembling at God's Word

Today’s Date: Jan 4, 2010

Reading: Gen 8-10, Matt 4:12-25, Psalm 4:1-8, Proverbs 1:20-23

Blackaby’s Experiencing God: Isaiah 66:2

Title: Trembling at God’s Word

S – Scripture: “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.” Isaiah 66:2

O – Observation: Blackaby shares a great devotion today that you can click on the link to read. In my observation of Isaiah 66:2 I am reminded that we are not to just read for the sake of reading and “getting through” with what is expected, but that we should go before the Father and earnestly seek Him (Mt 6:33).  How often do we “tremble, or are in awe, or fear” of God’s Words and direction? Today’s devotion is so spot on to what I was feeling before I even began to read that I had to do my SOAP on it.

A – Application: I will know that my God is an awesome God and that His word is to be reverenced. I’ll quote Blackaby as this is how I need to apply this scripture to my life and I can do no better than to share what he says, “Do you approach the reading of your Bible with a holy expectation, listening for the life-changing words that God has for you that day? Scripture says that, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10). There are things you will see and hear out of your fear and reverence for God that you will not experience in any other way.”

P – Prayer: Father thank you for your Word. Thank you that you are Holy and full of wisdom and grace. I pray that I will always go to Your Word with a ‘Holy expectation’ to hear your ‘life changing words for the day.’ ###