Daily SOAP – May 29th

Scripture: Ps 146-148, Matthew 17 & 18, Ephesians 1 & 2

Observation:

Ps 146: 5-9
“Blessed is he who’s help is the Lord.” How am I allowing God to help me or am I trying to do it all alone?

Why should I seek God for help?

6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who
keeps faith forever;

7 who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the
hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free;

8 the Lord opens the eyes
of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord
loves the righteous.

9 The Lord watches over the sojourners; he
upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he
brings to ruin.

Ps 147:3- “The Lord heals the brokenhearted & binds up their wounds”

I am learning that amazing as the promise of this verse is, unless we surrender our brokenness to God He not going to just barge in and heal us.

As I read through Ps 146-148, I stand in awe of God because of the truths proclaimed of His nature and desire to help people who can trump humble themselves and truly seek Him.

Mathew 17

vs 17- I wonder how often He asks Himself this question of me.

We act faithless so often in our own lives, in the work we don’t do as the church or trying to reach lost people. This has got to change.

vs 20- I am working this verse in to my payer time.

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to
you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to
this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and
nothing will be impossible for you.”

Mathew 18

vs 4- have I humbled myself & taught others to do so: to be, think, act, love, react like a child towards the things & ways of God?

vs 8-9- Jesus again (like in Matthew 5) talks about taking drastic measures to remove the things in our lives that cause us to sin.

vs l0-14- Why are we not more about the things that make God and heaven rejoice?

vs 21-35- This is a huge problem today. We are so unwilling to forgive but expect that God’s not going to hold it against us.

70 x 7=490 | How many people have sinned against us that many times. Not that Jesus is saying its an exact number but a large number of times that we are expected to forgive. We have such a huge debt we are asking bad to forgive us of, we should be more than willing to forgive those who wronged us.

I’ll hopefully post my notes on Ephesians 1 & 2 tomorrow.

Application:

How am I taking time to stand in awe of God for who He is and all that He does?

How am I stepping out in faith and where am I praying for or doing things that require God to show up to be accomplished?

Where am I allowing myself child-like faith to hold true that God is going to show up and work in ways only He can and not look at my life and ministry through the lens of logic and reason?

Prayer

All of the above application points.

How am I forgiving others if I am asking God to forgive me?