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S.O.A.P July 31, 2017

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July 31, 2017

Read: 1 Samuel 16

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Scripture- 1 Samuel 16:6-7- When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Observations- Samuel learned an important lesson from God about not judging a book by its cover as he discerned the one who was to be king instead of Saul. Eliab looked the part- much like Saul- but God said he was not the one to fulfill the role of king. God had a different standard than the way things appeared on the outside for calling people into His service.

Application- More than 3000 years later we still need to be reminded regularly of the truth of not judging on the basis of outward appearances. It's so easy, however, to settle for a solution based upon outward appearances and natural strengths, but God tells us He looks at the heart as a far more important tool for being called into service.  You may not be the "logical" choice for some new venture with God, but that doesn't mean you aren't God's "right" choice.

Prayer- Dear God, thank You for seeing us in ways that we don't even see ourselves. You pursue us in love and mercy. You chase after us with a desire for us to be formed more and more in Your image. You look at our hearts, and this is good. Although our hearts can be pulled in many different directions, look upon us with grace and call us to serve You in ways that will surprise and delight us, in Jesus' name. 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),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P July 30, 2017

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July 30, 2017

Read: 1 Samuel 14:1-23

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Scripture- 1 Samuel 14:18-19- Then Saul shouted to Ahijah, “Bring the ephod here!” For at that time Ahijah was wearing the ephod in front of the Israelites. But while Saul was talking to the priest, the confusion in the Philistine camp grew louder and louder. So Saul said to the priest, “Never mind; let’s get going!”

Observations- Jonathan, Saul's son had just made a daring decision to move forward against the Philistines, and he consulted God along the way. Here we see Saul, in his anxious desire to quickly get to Jonathan, say "Never mind" when it came to consulting with God. Saul chose to race ahead without having a conversation with God, which serves as a glimpse of things to come.

Application- Have you ever been in such a hurry, even when making a big decision, that you didn't bother to speak with and listen to God? Or have you ever raced into the future in a way that was clear you didn't believe God had much interest in what your were up to next? The fact is God cares about what we care about, and He wants to be involved in out lives in intimate and meaningful ways. His hearts desire is to speak into our past, present, and future; that is, God wants to help us make sense of our previous experiences, live for Him today, and be an active part of the decisions we make concerning all of our tomorrows.

Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for Your guidance and care along the journey of my life. Help me want for You to be an active participant and leader in every decision I make. This is the strong desire of heart, even though I so often fall short. I want to turn quickly to You for the help I need as I need it. Don't ever let us be a church that says, "Never mind; let's get going" when it comes to Your direction and blessing. Amen.

"Lord, what do You want to do through me,"

Pastor Jamie

 

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