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S.O.A.P June 14, 2017

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June 14, 2017

Read: Exodus 7:15-9:7

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Scripture- Exodus 8:19- “This is the finger of God!” the magicians exclaimed to Pharaoh. But Pharaoh’s heart remained hard. He wouldn’t listen to them, just as the Lord had predicted.

Observations- Even though Pharaoh clearly experiences first hand the "finger of God" in the signs God sends on behalf of the Israelites for the purpose of their freedom from slavery and the oppression of the Egyptians, Pharaoh keeps refusing to listen carefully to the voice of God through Moses and Aaron. He is beyond stubborn.

Application- There is a significant difference between being steadfast and persevering through difficult trials versus being stubborn. Proverbs 29:1 reminds us that "Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery." Pharaoh refuses to listen to what God is doing right in front of him. As followers of Jesus, we get to listen to Him and respond faithfully...without being stubborn. 

Prayer- Lord, remove my stubbornness, but let me be steadfast and persevering in Your love and grace. Don’t let me natural stubbornness put up a roadblock to drawing closer to Jesus. Let me nail my stubbornness to the cross and release it to You. Let me listen carefully to You. Let my heart be open to receive from others and give to others as well. Help me move forward with You in ways that Pharaoh refused. Amen.

"Blessed are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble." (Proverbs 28:14),


Pastor Jamie

P. S. - It's Summer Nights at the Table, which means a lot of great food, great mid-week worship, and fun activities for the whole family after the service. Tomorrow we'll have Dinner at 6pm in the Social Hall, Worship at 7pm in Logan Hall, and Board Games after the service. 

For more info click HERE

 

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S.O.A.P June 13, 2017

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June 13, 2017

Read: Exodus 7:1-14

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Scripture- Exodus 7:13- Pharaoh’s heart, however, remained hard. He still refused to listen, just as the Lord had predicted.

Observations- Pharaoh had no intention of letting go of the Israelites without a fight. God doesn't harden hearts without a person giving a strong inclination in that direction- such as Pharaoh. The Lord told Moses and Aaron that even though His power would be revealed through them that the Pharaoh wouldn't ease up or relent in any way. In fact, things would again get worse before they got better.

Application- A lot of people struggle with God hardening the Pharaoh's heart against freeing the people of God. If God does this, why is Pharaoh to blame? Isn't he just a pawn in the hands of God? No, the reality of free will means his heart hard was already hard, and God "gave him over" to the desires of his heart. We can squash our conscience by being blatantly disobedient to God's Word. The longer we choose to go down the wrong path the more likely we are in a process of having hardened hearts. 

Prayer- Lord, soften my heart for the things that bring You honor and glory. Help me be open and available to being guided by You as I go through life everyday. We want to be a church that is focused on what it means to love and serve You with our whole hearts as we reach, connect, grow, and send to make more and better followers of Jesus. Amen.

"Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead." (1 Timothy 4:1-2),

Pastor Jamie

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