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S.O.A.P. September 28, 2017

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September 28, 2017

Read: Jeremiah 1

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Scripture- Jeremiah 1:6-8- “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Observations- Jeremiah heard God's call in his life quite clearly, but he objected on the basis that he was "too young." God wasn't interested in this excuse in the same way he was interested in so many of the excuses people gave in the Bible to avoid responding to God's promptings in their lives. God simply says, "Keep moving. I'm going with you." 

Application- We just saw that Isaiah tried to run from his calling because he had a filthy mouth. David committed adultery and had her husband murdered. Moses killed an Egyptian. Jacob lied to his own father. Noah drank too much. Rahab was a prostitute.Thomas doubted. Peter denied even knowing Jesus. Now tell me again why God couldn't possibly call you? 

Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for Your amazing grace that goes before me in all things. It's so hard sometimes to trust that You could possibly think so highly of me that You would call the likes of me and use me for Your glory. Help me learn how not to run away from Your unique calling in my one and only life. Help me be still before You and simply receive the gift that You will not lead me to a place You don't already inhabit. Amen.

"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God." (Ephesians 4:1),

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S.O.A.P. September 27, 2017

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September 27, 2017

Read: Isaiah 53

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Scripture- Isaiah 53:8-9- Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.

Observations- As the early church experienced the fullness of His life, horrible death on a cross, and shockingly victorious resurrection, they looked back at what they knew as the "Scriptures" and saw Jesus written about on every marking of the scroll. Isaiah 53, in particular, reveals numerous fulfilled prophecies about the Messiah. His carried our burdens and sins with Him onto that cross and bridged the gap between the holiness of the Father and our sins. This is called "atonement," and this was accomplished not only for the whole world, but for each one of us.

Application- Isaiah 53 reveals the painful physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering of the One we call Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ hundreds of years beforehand. Jesus carried our sins to the cross and they were nailed there to die. In one of the funeral rituals it begins by saying, "Dying, Christ destroyed our death. Rising, Christ restored our life. Christ will come again in glory." This is the Good News for us! How will we live today as those restored to such a new hope?

Prayer- (by George MacLeod- 1895-1991) Almighty God...Sun behind all suns...Soul behind all souls...show to us in everything we touch and in everyone we meet the continued assurance of thy presence round us, lest ever we should think thee absent. In all created things thou art there. In every friend we have the sunshine of thy presence is shown forth. In every enemy that seems to cross our path, thou art there within the cloud to challenge us to love. Show to us the glory in the grey. Awake for us thy presence in the very storm till all our joys are seen as thee and all our trivial tasks emerge as priestly sacraments in the universal temple of thy love. Amen. 

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