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S.O.A.P. December 11, 2017

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“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”

 

December 11, 2017 

Read Luke 12:22-48

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ScriptureLuke 12:25-26- Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

Observations- Jesus had a lot to say about the human propensity to worry about our circumstances. He often reminded His followers that they were precious to the Father- probably because they needed to be reminded of this fact constantly. Jesus taught that our worries aren't fruitful; that is, they don't lead us to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

Application- How has worry and anxiety enriched your life? Are there any benefits to stoking our fears and increasing our worries? Jesus didn't seem to think so. Jesus was always busy, but never in a hurry. Jesus was often hated, but responded with love. Jesus always had plenty to worry about, but He chose to lay His concerns at the throne of grace where His Father could handle them, even His own death on the cross. I remind myself often that as one of your pastors it's not my job to be anxious about any aspect of our ministry and mission and our future together; rather it's my job to keep bringing all of it to the throne of God's grace...and leave it there!

Prayer- God, thank You for the many reminders in Your Word for me to release my fears, worries, and anxieties to You. I am often tempted to cling to my worries as some necessary badge of honor, but it never serves me well nor does it serve Your Kingdom. Help my worries get out of the way, so You can truly be the Way, the Truth, and the Life in my life today. Amen.

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." (1 Peter 5:7),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P. December 10, 2017

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December 10, 2017 

Read Luke 12:1-21

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ScriptureLuke 12:4-5- “Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that. But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear."

Observations- After His encounters with the religious leaders, Jesus gathered His disciples together a spoke a word of warning about not being hypocritical. The warning included the intense words spoken in these verses about fearing God. Jesus always set the bar for His followers at the highest mark and challenged to grow toward it and hold it gently and with love, not harsh judgment.

Application- There are so many things Jesus said in the gospels that are designed to confront us and wake us up from our complacency and any temptation we have to be two faced in our dealings with people. Advent is a time of repentance to examine our lives and be honest about where we are falling short and missing the mark of God's full intention for our lives. These two verses are designed to be a jolt to our system.

Prayer- O Lord, point out to me all of the ways I fall short of Your glory. Help me want to become the person You most long for me to be, so that I can begin to fully enjoy You forever here and now. Wake me up. Shake me up. Your Word reminds me that You love me, but it also reminds me You are holy. Help me on my journey from fear to love. Amen.

"Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love." (1 John 4:7-8),

Pastor Jamie

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