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S.O.A.P June 25, 2017

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June 25, 2017

Read: Numbers 12

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Scripture- Numbers 12:9-10a- The Lord was very angry with them, and he departed. As the cloud moved from above the Tabernacle, there stood Miriam, her skin as white as snow from leprosy.

 

Observations- Aaron and Miriam complained and were filled with resentment about Moses selecting a particular wife. What was so special about him? Did God only talk with Moses? Were they not relevant as well? God was displeased and the consequence of temporary leprosy fell upon Miriam.

Application- Sometimes natural consequences for our disobedience or bad attitude help realign us with the purposes of God. Repenting and receiving forgiveness from God won't always mean that the consequences for our behavior will be averted or even relieved, but out relationship with God will be restored. When have consequences served as a wake up call in your life?

Prayer- Lord, thank You for Your mercy- for all of the times when I have not gotten exactly what I deserved. In Your grace You are patient, but You take our sin seriously. Help me learn how to sin less as I am drawn more and more into the love of Jesus Christ. Help me not need consequences to turn back quickly to You and stay in an ongoing, life-giving, consistent conversation with You. Amen. 

"Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?" (Romans 2:4),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

Read: Exodus 40

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Scripture- Exodus 40:38- The cloud of the Lord hovered over the Tabernacle during the day, and at night fire glowed inside the cloud so the whole family of Israel could see it. This continued throughout all their journeys.

Observations- After Moses and his team of priests and leaders attended to hundreds of painstaking details about how to construct and set up the Tabernacle, the place of meeting with the living God, the glory of the Lord rested among them both day and night. This communicated in a visible and tangible way that God was with them through every part of their journey.

Application- We need and regularly get (if we are open and available to receiving) all kinds of reminders that God is with us, not in a visible cloud by day or a pillar of fire by night, but in the unique ways God shows up to surprise and delight us. This requires us to be in a posture of accepting that God is still active and wants us to see Him at work in our lives. I like to talk with people about "glory sightings," which is a great habit to get into, because it helps train us to be on the lookout for God's presence in our midst.

Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for Your abiding presence. Help me trust that You are in fact with me, even when I wonder what You are up to or have trouble seeing evidence of Your presence. Give me eyes to see Your glory, trust in Your goodness, and get into the habit of declaring the ways You have blessed me and Your people at New Hope UMC. We love You, in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

"All glory to God forever and ever! Amen." (Galatians 1:5),
Pastor Jamie

 

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