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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Does God Hear My Prayers?

Does God Hear My Prayers?

S – Scripture:

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?… Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer….” ~Psalm 22:1-2

O – Observation:

David writes a song which is a prophesy (Ps 22:11-21) of the cry from Jesus at his crucifixion Mt 27:46

J. Vernon McGee: listen to this nine-and-a-half minute teaching about the prophesy of Jesus’ death on the cross.

Henry Blackaby’s devotion:

Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear. ~Hebrews 5:7

“The life of Jesus provides the model for our prayer lives. God is seeking to mold us into the image of His Son (Col. 1:27-28). If we are to act like Christ, our prayer lives must be conformed to His. Many Christians are unwilling to pay the price that Jesus paid when it comes to interceding with God. Jesus’ prayers came with vehement cries and tears and, because of His godly fear, He was heard by the Father.”

“Why then, did the Father refuse His request? It was not due to any sin in Jesus’ life, nor was it because the Father did not love His Son. The Father said no, despite the unfathomable love He had for His Son, because He  knew He could not spare His Son and save a world. Likewise, the Lord cannot always spare you and your family and complete His redemptive work in those around you.”

A – Application:

As I listened to Dr. McGee’s teaching on this scripture and Blackaby’s devotion on the scripture of Heb 5:7 – I am persuaded that there are times that we will feel abandoned by God, and this may not be due to sin in our lives or sin in the lives of those we pray for, but that it may be God’s will for our prayers not to be answered at the time that we ask.

Blackaby says: “Are you willing for God to deny your pleadings? Will you intercede with the Father so deeply and intimately that even in the midst of your tears you are able to say, “Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done?” The Father will always relate to you out of the context of His love for a lost world. Has God said no to one of your requests recently? Accept His answer. Have you been learning obedience through what you have suffered (Heb. 5:8)? If you have, God may choose to make you a source of salvation to others even as He did with His Son.”

P – Prayer:

Thank you Father for your love and patience, your forgiveness, your grace. I ask that you hear my cry as I pray for the lives of those who do not know you, that they will come to know you in a personal relationship. I pray for those who claim to be your children that they will delve in your Word to seek your wisdom and guidance and share your saving grace with all whom they embrace.  Let your will be done.

Reading: Exodus 2:11-3:22, Matt 17:10-27, Psalm 22:1-18, Proverbs 5:7-14

Today’s Date:  January 26, 2010

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