Welcome to my online blog for our Vineyard Life Journal!
This forum IS NOT for debate or to correct each other, but to share our insights and observations. (Actually, I will be keeping a pretty tight rein on the comments section, and I will have the ability to block trolls, spammers or those who just want to stir the pot.)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Click here for today’s reading: Jeremiah 1, 2; John 10
Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Jeremiah 1:4 “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.”
17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 2 the condemnation of Israel and Judah… (through 3:5)
9 “Therefore I bring charges against you again,” declares the Lord.”
John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me…”
24 “The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe.”
People are always looking for a sign and questioning who God is… God is always pursuing his people. Jeremiah 2:5 “What fault did your ancestors find in me, that they strayed so far from me?” Wow… that’s a moving (and sad) question God is asking… “What did I do??”
God just wants us to be in relationship with him… He wants to help us, to love us, to be in relationship with us. That’s all he wants. He doesn’t want robots… He wants to be in relationship with us. Relationship.
Note to self: Don’t turn to other gods…
Just look at all the promises He made to Jeremiah…
Lord, you are faithful to a thousand generations to those who call upon your name.