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S.O.A.P July 9, 2017

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July 9, 2017

Read: Joshua 10:1-15

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Scripture- Joshua 10:6- The men of Gibeon quickly sent messengers to Joshua at his camp in Gilgal. “Don’t abandon your servants now!” they pleaded. “Come at once! Save us! Help us! For all the Amorite kings who live in the hill country have joined forces to attack us.”

Observations- Given that the Gibeonites had deceived Joshua and the Israelites into a treaty and that there was nothing in it for the Israelites to come quickly to their defense (they could have just let these opposing armies beat up on one another), Joshua, without question, acts with integrity and honored the treaty and provided support.

Application- It has often been said that "integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching." It is still, however, important to do the right thing, even when everyone is watching. Our example of faithfulness matters, especially when others are paying attention. How many people will never crack open the Bible, but will be looking at us to determine whether or not what we believe is in alignment with how we behave?  


Prayer- Thank you, God, for being my Father, who loves me and wants the best for me. Thank You for the path that I have traveled and for all I have learned along the way. Help what I declare I believe about Jesus align with how I behave. I want integrity to be second nature. Guide Your church to do the right when no one is watching or when the whole world is watching. Amen.

"And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching." (Titus 2:7),
Pastor Jamie

 

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S.O.A.P July 8, 2017

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July 8, 2017

Read: Joshua 7

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Scripture- Joshua 7:13- “Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the Lord. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you."

Observations- We tend to believe far more in individual responsibility for our actions than we do in corporate responsibility. Here one person, Achen, was guilty of stealing items set aside for God, but the entire community was held responsible for the sin. It doesn't seem fair, but in this instance, God was teaching the people to stand together as they moved forward to inhabit the Promised Land. There couldn't be any lack of alignment if they were going to be successful and honor God in the process.

Application- Our alignment as Jesus' church matters greatly. Talking about unity and alignment of His disciples in mission and ministry Jesus said in John 17:21, "I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one- as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me." God's desire is for us to be on the same page, not merely for our own benefit, but because it will honor Him and help people believe in Jesus. We have an individual responsibility to a corporate reality- the Body of Christ at work in the world.


Prayer- Lord, help us learn from the mistakes of the ancient Israelites, so that we don't simply keep repeating the negative patterns they fell into time and time again. When we mess up, help us own it quickly and return immediately to the arms of Your mercy and grace. Help us take seriously our responsibility to be a faithful church, in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

"When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours." (Romans 1:12),
Pastor Jamie

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