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S.O.A.P March 25, 2018

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March 25, 2018 

Read Acts 28:1-14

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ScriptureActs 28:6- The people waited for him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw that he wasn’t harmed, they changed their minds and decided he was a god.

Observations- What a crazy little story about how the people on island of Malta perceived Paul. After being bitten by a snake, the people believe he have committed some terrible act and he deserved to die. When there were no effects whatsoever from the snake bite, they changed their minds, and believed he was a god.

Application- It's important for spiritual leaders and really any follower of Jesus Christ not let people think too little or too much of them. Both extremes can present unique challenges to doing ministry and mission, especially in teams. I'm neither as good as my best press clippings, nor am I as bad as my most ardent critics would declare. My primary self-definition is based on who God declares me to be in His grace and love. I must never forget this or take it for granted!

Prayer- Lord, thank You for saving me and claiming me as Your very own child, friend, and servant. Help me learn how to see myself through Your eyes. Let me be gracious with myself as I trust You to discipline me and hold me accountable. Don't let me be guilty of thinking too highly of myself. Don't let me be guilty of thinking to little of myself either, in Jesus' name and for Your glory. Amen.

"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Because of the privilege and authority. God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us." (Romans 12:2-3),

Pastor Jamie

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