Sometimes we try so hard to be stronger than we are or worse yet, to have strength all on our own. Please allow Jesus to hold you. Give it all up to Him. There is no strength greater than the strength you will find in Christ.
S - 1Corinthians 12:7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
O - Each and every person has a special gift or talent bestowed upon us from God. It is not just that He wanted us to have a gift, He wants us to use it. He wants us to use it to help other people.
A - I believe I am learning the gift or gifts that God has given me. I use them through this blog, through our church and through my mission trips and even the book I have written. I believe I have been given the gift to teach and I am learning how to teach others each time I reach out in the name of the Father, Son or Holy Ghost.
P -Father, I pray that I honor you regularly by utilizing the gifts you have given me. I pray that I am helping the people you intended as I move forward in honing my gift from you. I thank you for the gift you have given to me and I give you thanks for the opportunities you put before me. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Sitting here this morning in prayer, I was praying for someone in particular. One of the things that came out of my mouth went something like this. ' I know that they know who You are, but it is more like the next door neighbor instead of their closest friend.' Ask yourself this morning, is Jesus my closest friend? Do I go to Him with everything? Is He constantly on my mind and in my heart? Or do you treat Him more like the next door neighbor? You know who He is. You know where He lives. You even talk to Him occasionally. Sometimes you may even go over and visit for a while. If you are seeing each other regularly, there may be bits of information exchanged, neighborhood gossip etc. Is that how you have Jesus in your life? You simply wave as you seem Him when you are leaving your Home? I pray Jesus is always in the car with me when I leave my home or when I am coming Home. I want Him by my side and the Holy Spirit inside of me right in the driver's seat. I want to be able to ask, confess, confide and love without going to look for someone, because He is always there. I believe that I have that kind of relationship with my Savior. I pray that you do too. But if you are reading this and He sounds more like the next door neighbor relationship, you need to go to the next level. It is never too late. He is simply waiting for the invite. He always has an open invitation for you to come into His life and be saved. Please, go to Him, and join our family.
To go along with this morning's S.O.A.P. I am here at church to feast on more of God's nutrition. I have to feed myself regularly at home and get fed regularly at church. Sometimes, like tonight, I get put into a position to be the one doing the feeding. This works in two ways. Others are receiving Godly nourishment and I am too. God is amazing that way. When we are willing to step up to the plate and lead others to Christ and help them develop their relationships, He deepens His relationship with me. And on top of that, the Holy Spirit will provide me with great tools and teaching. If I ask for His help first, He prepares everything. We all win, we all learn and we all get fed. So please, even if you are an infant in your Christianity, you can share your "spiritual milk" and you will grow exponentially.
1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,
S - 1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment
O - We can not grow in Christ if we do not wean ourselves off a diet of just "milk". We need crave it and then want for more. We need to learn to cry out for the "meat" of God's Word to truly grow and come to know Him more and more.
A - I am constantly looking for my next spiritual meal. I do want His spiritual milk but I hunger for bigger and better meals. I want a continuous diet of God's Word. I want to grow, so I will stay in the Word, read my devotionals and continue to study. I will cry out to God for understanding.
P - Father, I pray you will constantly feed me with your word. I pray that my growth is evident and that I am growing into the mature Christian that you want me to be. Thank you for always being there to feed me and regardless of my needs you always have the proper nourishment for me. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
S - Ephesians 6:7 7Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
O - We should do everything we attempt as if it were for God Himself.
A - I am praying each day that I go to work to remember to be thankful. I am working on really paying attention to God's word here and work as if it were for Him not simply another frail human.
P - Father, thank you so much that I have a job and that I am provided for. Please Father, help me to remember that I am doing your work in all things that I do. In the name of your Son, Jesus, Amen.
S - John 14:26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
O - We need the Holy Spirt as much as we need the Father and the Son. We need to understand His purpose in our lives. He is there to be our teacher and reminder of things we know but have maybe forgotten.
A - I am thankful that the Holy Spirit is with me and the more I realize I need all three parts of the Godhead, the stronger I become as a Christian. I need to look to this counselor and teacher so that I can fulfill the very purpose God has for my life.
P - Father, I thank you so much that you have loved me so much as to have my back covered in every possible way. You made me, you sent your Son to save me and you sent the Holy Spirit to continually guide me. Father I pray that I always remember and know that I have every part of you to guide me through this life until the next when I can spend eternity with you. In the name of your Son Jesus, Amen.
Sometimes when you are reading scripture on one subject, you just happen to come across a major "aha" moment that might be completely unrelated. Today was one of those times for me. This is what I am going to call a "scriptural aha" moment.
Initially this came to mind because my husband and I are in charge of the pre marital counseling for our church and we have offered a number of marriage small groups. We have learned an awful lot over the years and it has strengthened our marriage. One thing that comes up often, and usually this is from women but not always; I shouldn't have to ask him to do that or I shouldn't have to ask her to help me. She/He knows I need help or I want that or that needs to be done. This line of thinking carries over into many of our other relationships as well. So and so knows me, they should know that is what I wanted or that is what I wanted them to do for me. They should have gotten the hint. etc. etc. This list goes on. I am sure you are getting the picture here. You may even be guilty of having thought like this about your spouse or friend or co worker.
Matthew 7:7 is Jesus talking and the verse goes like this: 7“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
This is Jesus speaking to us. Concentrate on the first part of this verse 'Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.' Now let's put this together. We know from the book of Genesis that God made mankind in His own image. We know that God will supply all our needs. Mat 6:23 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. We know that God already knows all of our thoughts Psalms 139:2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
So, if our Lord knows our thoughts, our needs, our prayers and he made us in His own image; yet he still is telling us to "keep on asking" when we have a desire or a need, doesn't it make sense that we would also have to ask one another? This was my "aha" moment. We often time expect someone else to "just know" what we want or need. We expect our spouse to "just do" something for us. We actually get offended if we have to ask. Why? God knows what we want and need and He expects us to ask. He even tells us He will deliver if we ask.
So the next time you are getting frustrated because your spouse or whoever doesn't do something you think they should know they are expected to do, simply ask. I am willing to bet that more often than not, they will do what you asked. This idea of "I shouldn't have to ask" has now been blown out of the water as far as I am concerned. If God, who knows exactly what we want and need expects us to ask, then we should not expect that it would be different for our human relationships. That was my "scriptural aha" moment.
I am a child of God, a wife, a mother, a missionary, a supervisor, a servant and most recently, a Pastor.