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S.O.A.P. June 4, 2017

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June 4, 2017

Read: Genesis 44

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Scripture- Genesis 44:33-34- “So please, my lord, let me stay here as a slave instead of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. For how can I return to my father if the boy is not with me? I couldn’t bear to see the anguish this would cause my father!”

Observations- Judah, who hatched the scheme to sell Joseph into slavery in the first place, now speaks of the pain that leaving Benjamin, now Jacob's youngest child, behind to serve Joseph. Years earlier he had only been able think about how much he wanted to be rid of Joseph, not about the pain this action would cause to his father. Joseph sees that Judah has changed as much as he has.

Application- I say it all of the time and it's always true: we can never have a better past. Whatever you've done wrong long ago or yesterday can be forgiven and redeemed by God. We aren't stuck repeating the same mistakes and sins over and over. There is hope in Christ for new life. We should experience pain and regret for negative past actions, but with God's help we can be transformed. Our past influences who you are today, but you are not stuck being who you used to be...in Christ. 

Prayer- Lord, help me learn from my past in ways that help me draw closer to You. I want to see myself as I really was with clear eyes, but I also want to see myself the way You see me- as created in Your very own image. You declare me to be a new creation. I am Your child. You call me the light of the world! Bless me to live into the way You see me, in Jesus' name. Amen.

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37),

Pastor Jamie


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S.O.A.P. June 3, 2017

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June 3, 2017

Read: Genesis 43

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Scripture- Genesis 43:28- “Yes,” they replied. “Our father, your servant, is alive and well.” And they bowed low again.

Observations- Joseph sees his dream about his brothers bowing down before him fulfilled, but rather than shout "Gotcha! You jerks thought about killing me and then sold me into slavery, and now you bend the knee and need my help to survive" Joseph is overcome with grief and sadness. He leaves to collect himself and rejoin his brothers.

Application- Joseph would have been completely justified in reveling in this moment of vindication over his brothers who intended evil toward him, but in genuine humility he choose grief and sadness as the proper response in this moment. It's not a time for gloating about how much they need him; rather it's a time to recognize his gifts and graces from the hand of God and be still. As tempting as our gloating can be, it's never a good, life-giving, spirit-filled response. 

Prayer- (a prayer for humility) O God, who resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble: grant us the virtue of true humility, where of Your Only-begotten son showed in Himself a pattern for Your faithful; that we may never by our pride provoke Your anger, but rather by our meekness receive the riches of Your grace. Amen.

"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor." (James 4:10),

Pastor Jamie

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