May 30-June 2 Verse-of-the-Day

On June 3, we will be starting a summer study of the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:1-12. As Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, he described how God transforms us as we get to know Him better, through 9 characteristics and rewards. It’s like God’s gold star system! But it’s very different from that of the world.

In the meantime, keep on SOAP-ing! Daily devotion time to God, sitting at His feet and centered on His Word, is how He can carry us through each day, sustain us in this world, and transform us into looking more like Jesus every day. So, from May 30 to June 2, continue SOAP-ing each day. You can use this time to read something deeper or that you missed in our last study in Isaiah, or from your favorite devotion blog or book, or grab the verse-of-the-day from the Bible.com ap. Feel free to share with us in the Comments section on our website!

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  1. May 30 – Verse of the Day

    “My Mom is Awesome”

    S: Colossians 4:5-6

    O: My Bible notes explain that Paul is urging us as Christians to “buy up” every opportunity God gives us to share His Good News and to serve others in the same way that people stock up on sale items. And since salt is a preservative, we should speak to unbelievers in such a way that our words stick with them for a long time, so choose our words carefully.

    A: I’ve never been so good at the talking about my beliefs to those who don’t share them. My mom; however, is really good about it and she does “buy up” every opportunity in every conversation – from the cashier in the checkout lane while grocery shopping, to our server at a restaurant, to the person at the doctor’s office scheduling the next appointment. She throws Him into the conversation so casually, so naturally, that the person she’s speaking to has no choice but to really listen. Essentially, Paul is calling Christians to be more like my mom and I say “sign me up!”

    P: God, I do want to be more like my mom. Give me the wisdom to know what to say, the discernment to know who to say it to, and the courage to actually say it! I want my life and my interactions to reflect Colossians 4:5-6. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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  2. May 31 – Verse of the Day

    “Fear of What?”

    S: Proverbs 9:10

    O: Fear implies respect, awe, and yes – even times of terror. It also acknowledges that everything, including knowledge and wisdom, comes from total dependence on God. This fear of the Lord leads people toward humility and away from pride. We are more apt to listen to God than our own judgement. Those who fear the Lord receive wisdom because they begin to understand that everything is under God’s rule and in His service. Wisdom is closely connected with a proper relationship with God – both require choices in line with God’s character.

    A: As a kid, I had a strong desire to please my parents. Partly because I liked it when they were happy with me, but partly because I didn’t like it when they weren’t. This healthy fear of discipline helped me to learn more about how to please my parents and live my life in a way that would make them proud of me. As a result, we are very close. It’s the same way with God. The more I strive to remain on His “good side” by reading the Bible and learning to live a life that is pleasing to Him, I’m also learning more about Him and growing closer to Him.

    P: Lord, I do want to live my life with the appropriate respect and awe, and even a healthy fear of You, so that we can continue to get to know each other better and grow closer. Give me Your wisdom each day to make decisions that You find honorable. I’d like to live a life that You find pleasing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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  3. June 1 – Verse of the Day

    “God’s Got This”

    S: Exodus 14:14

    O: Despite all the wonders God had already done for His people, the minute they saw the Egyptians coming for them they were ready to give up. Then Moses, not knowing what God’s plan was, stepped out in faith by saying He will fight for them, just stay calm.

    A: Despite all God has done for me in my life, I still find it easier to resort to worry than trust. How great my life would be, how significantly better, if I’d just stay calm and place my confidence in God. With God fighting in my corner, nothing formed against me shall stand! So why waste my time in sin worrying over what God already has in control?

    P: I’m sorry I worry. Even when I try to give my problems to You, I still hold on to them to worry over. Help me to be more confident. I want to step out in faith knowing that You’re in control – even when I don’t know what Your plan is – and I can stay calm. Thank You for this reminder. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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  4. June 2 – Verse of the Day

    “Fear Not Tomorrow”

    S: Isaiah 41:13

    O: God is reminding His people of the power He’s already demonstrated to this point, and promises to continue this demonstration of power by defeating their enemies. He urges them not to be afraid of their enemies because He will help them.

    A: I once heard a song that included the line, “Fear not tomorrow, God’s already there” I’m not always very good about living my life according to that principle, but it is true. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If He can get me through one thing (He can) He can get me through another. I don’t need to fear what’s to come, God’s already got it taken care of. He’s here to help me.

    P: I know I say this a lot, but I’m sorry for picking back up the things I lay at Your feet. You’ve proven time and again how powerful You are and that You’re fighting on my side. I don’t know why it’s so hard to fully relinquish my problems to You when I know You can handle them better than I can. Please help me to get better at letting go. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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  5. Thank you for sharing your SOAPs with us, Marianne!!!

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