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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Clean and Unclean

Today’s Date:  January 23, 2010

 Clean and Unclean

 

Reading: Gen 46-47:31, Mt 15:1-28, Psalm 19:1-14, Proverbs 4:14-19

S – Scripture:

Mt 15:18-19 Jesus said, “18But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” (NIV)

O – Observation:

Mt 15:1-20: Jesus talks about “Clean and Unclean.”  The Phariseesa  , (Scribes and Pharisees in the time of Christ, who began to honor and hold traditions and the commandments of men, even over the commandments of God. b) asked Jesus why his followers didn’t follow the tradition of washing their hands before they ate.  Jesus replied to the Pharisees & teachers with another question, 15:3 “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?… you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.” Then Jesus called them hypocrites!  Jesus basically said just because you don’t wash your hands, does not make you ‘unclean’; it’s what you have in your heart, that which comes out of your mouth, your actions, all those things are what makes you ‘unclean’.

A – Application:

It’s easy to get caught in what the worldview of what other people, the church, the government, and your community would say is the “correct” thing to do. The laws of the land are not always God’s ways.  Examples are: abortion, the bible says we should not kill – yet because the government allows abortion, does that now make it “right”?  Some states in our country allow homosexual marriages. The bible says that marriage is between one man and one woman.  In applying the scriptures of Mt 15, I am reminded that I am to live the life of God’s commandments, not mans. I am to test the words of man based on the scriptures and Words of God.  I am to seek God first in all things, Mt 6:33 so that I am not confused based on my own needs and wants but based on God’s guidance.

P – Prayer:

Father help me to not be like the Pharisees, who chose to seek the glory of man vs. God. Lord forgive me for my sins, my ignorance, and help me to know your will and follow your commandments. Help me to do what is right and to be a shining light for you. Let the words that come from my mouth be of your thoughts and words – that make me clean and that I am stopped in my tracks, put back into the place of correction should my heart bring forth unclean words from my mouth. Wash me, cleanse me, and cover me, so that your Holy Spirit within me would shine forth.

Amen

Oa  Pharisees: 1) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Pharisees

2.) Definition Smith’s Bible History: http://www.bible-history.com/smiths/P/Pharisees/

bCommentary by Chuck Smith of Mt 14-15: http://tinyurl.com/ybfrpsj

 

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