January 23 – Chronological Gospels

“Come, follow me.” — Jesus (Matthew 4:19)

We are starting the new year off right by following Jesus through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, wrapping up on Easter on April 1st. We’ll be hopping around the four gospels for a chronological perspective of Jesus’ life on earth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Matthew 7

Judging Others

 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

True and False Disciples

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

SOAP Note

Part of Being Intentional | Dyea Rowland

Scripture

Matthew 7:7-8

Observation

Jesus spoke to his disciples about asking, seeking, and knocking continuously. Going to God with true prayer, as He always hears wholehearted prayer, and accompanied by these three acts, prayers will be answered in a way that is highest.

Application

Though sometimes receiving a different request than what I pray for, or sometimes envisioning the way things should be, You always know how to answer prayers best. That’s my issue – – it’s getting to You with those prayer requests – – asking, seeking, and knocking. Somehow, I have gotten into this rut of just “assuming” that You’ll take care of everything for me without the request coming from my heart. I want to be more prayer intentional, coming to You in faith and with right purpose. Help me come to You first, followed by the continuous ask, seek, and knock.

Prayer

Father, You always know my thoughts, but I know You want my prayers too. You know I’ve struggled with this for awhile now, and we’re visiting it again. I want to hear Your voice just like I used to, instead of taking You for granted like I have been. No more living this life of a cavalier attitude, and no more thinking, that whatever happens, happens and accepting that’s the best that You have for me. Call me to You in prayer, and eventually to reaching that place of constant daily prayer. In Jesus’ name…Amen.

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  1. Choices

    S: Matthew 7:14

    O: Jesus is putting things in black and white. You’re either with Him or not. Go through the wide gate like everyone else, or the narrow gate to be with Him.

    A: I make thousands of choices every day. The majority of them I don’t even realize I’m making them because it’s habit, desire or socially normal. But what might be the socially acceptable choice is not Jesus-acceptable. The wide gate is getting wider and harder for people to turn away from. I find I don’t have time in my day to stop myself and intentionally SEEK the narrow gate – the gateway that would lead me to my life with Christ. It’s just easier (too much easier!) to go the other way. I get this image in my head of the Secret Garden, with a gate hidden by brush and thorns bushes. But when I SEEK it and find it, inside I will find beauty I can’t even begin to fathom. That is what Christ desires for me – to SEEK and find the hidden door that He’s laid out for me.

    P: God, I long to see this life you have perfectly designed for me. I know it’s not where I am now. I need only to stop following the crowd and SEEK the narrow gate. Help me to be obedient in my daily choices. Amen.

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