Pastor’s S.O.A.P. Bible Journal for this week (Mat 26 – Mark 2)

 
  Matthew 26:23    He answered, “He … will betray me.”
  Observation: Judas was only 51 days from having his name in the foundation of that City not made with hands. If he could have held on for just 1,224 more hours, what a different end there would be to his story. Instead, he ended up in a potter’s field-despite Jesus’ giving him one last chance. Jesus said, “Whoever dips with Me…” (see Mt. 26:23). What if he hadn’t done it? What if, at that point, he had yielded? His whole life’s ending would have been different and God would have counted only the surrender, not the struggle. Instead, the enemy entered his heart and the power in the unsurrendered clay became death and destruction.Application: Tragic endings are worsened (is that really possible?) by just-missed opportunities that could have been avoided by simple faith in God.  Every personal initiative should always stand the test of approval by those in authority and should consistent with God’s agenda.  “I have spoken it, I have purposed it,” says the Lord!Prayer: Jesus, my dear Lord God Almighty:  Help me keep my heart guarded from fits and starts, false impressions, and prideful dissolusionment!  I want always to be tender to your correction and guidance.
  Matthew 27:25    And all the people answered …”let his blood be…on our children!”
  Observation: Talk about “play now, pay later!”  The Jews were victims of short-sightedness.  Peter diagnosed it as a malady in which people “are blind, and cannot see afar off.”  Living only for the moment, defering the penalties to our own children smacks of serious character flaws.  The list of flaws is long, but it includes selflishness, impatience, pride, and a lack of love for our own offspring.Application: We’ll stand out when we determine to take responsibility in the present.  Pay now, play later!  In patience we certainly possess our souls.Prayer: Heavenly Father, I need your vision.  Please let me see that my actions today will have consequences in future generations.  My own children may be lost because of my foolishness!  I pray for Your wisdom to make decisions in the light of eternity.
  Matthew 28:20    “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
  Observation: The book of Matthew ends with a promise.  Jesus’ presence is not confined to the pages of the gospels and the history they contain.  He promised to be WITH.  Naturally, Matthew was aware of the “rest of the story.”  Interestingly, his book whets the appetite of the earnest reader by leaving them on a high note, with so much to look forward to as the Bible continues.  The best is yet to come!  Not long after this moment in time, Jesus returned in the rushing mighty wind of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost!Application: Take God’s promises seriously.  They may seem like “cliff-hangers,” unfinished and unfulfilled.  There’s more!  Matthew 28:20 is not THE END.Prayer: Thank you Jesus, for testing our patience and our earnestess to press on in the unfolding saga of our lives lived for You!  This may seem like a Matthew 28:20 moment, with so much promised, but so much yet to be fulfilled.  Lord, find us praying and tarrying until You blow in and turn our world upside down!
  Mark 1:25             “But Jesus rebuked him, saying … come out of him!”
  Observation: Jesus rebuked him.  Who?  The man with the unclean spirit?  He was the only visible presence to the human eye.  No, Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit.  He looked straight at the man, spoke in his direction, but commanded obedience and departure from the spirit within him.  Put yourself in the place of the observer.  It took a strong measure of “other-world,” spiritual discernment.  Jesus walked, slept, spoke, ate, and existed in the physical world, but he was ever aware of the unseen spiritual dimension that most humans miss entirely.Application: There’s more.  See that wall? See that book?  See that window?  See that person?  There’s more.  Jesus Christ dwelling inside the believer, by His Spirit, yearns for us to be aware of the unseen, yet profoundly real world of the spirits.Prayer: Lord, impress upon me that “this is not all there is.”  So much awaits the vision of the prayer warrior, the Bible student, the soul-winner, the Spirit-filled.  Open my eyes and let me respond in keeping with your perfect will.  Work miracles, cast out devils, heal the sick, speak to the lost, love the sinner; Lord do it through me, your willing, surrendered, and spiritually discerning disciple.
  Mark 2:12             “We never saw anything like this!”
  Observation: Just because it’s never been done doesn’t mean it CAN’T BE.  The amazed crowd were baffled to the point of giving God glory, because their sense of sight had been challenged with a miracle!  Something new!  Something fresh!  Something never seen before!Application: It’s easy to settle in for the journey after receiving the Holy Spirit.  It’s so comfortable to simply find a predictable spot, out of sight, away from the action, excusing ourselves because “we’re the Spirit-filled, Jesus-name baptized.”  Don’t waste your life, and please don’t hide your gift in the dirt.  What if you could be a part of something that Denver has never seen before?  You can!  You will, if you join CAC in earnest prayer for continuing revival, and engage in the battle.Prayer: Lord, get me unsettled and tired of the same ol’ same ol’!  If I’ve grown accustomed to the comfort zone with my talent safely hidden in the ground, WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU TAKE IT AWAY!   I’m wide-eyed and ready to see your glory manifest like never before!

About pastordonhaymon2

A spiritual shepherd who loves the Saintly flock of God at CAC; who loves his family, and who loves the Apostolic doctrine and the Pentecost

1 Response

  1. I don’t know if this is how to enter a SOAP post, but here goes.
    Mark 8:17 Hearing their converation, Jesus asked them “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?

    Observation: Jesus is speaking to His disciples about faith(or lack of it)and that not to have faith, even after what they had already witnessed (the feeding of the five thousand previously) was to have a hard heart.

    Application: As I look to the miracles in my own life and the miracles the Lord has produced makes my own often hard,unfaithful heart fill with regret andsorrow. I can only pray that by remembering His Grasce to me in prayer my heart can soften.

    Prayer: Lord grant me often the sweet remembering of the grace of your Love in my life. And to think, but not dwell, on where I might have been today if not for you.Amen

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