Prosperity, Bible in 90 Days – Day 15

 

 

SOAP for today!

Deuteronomy 23:12  – 34:12

Scripture: “Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your fathers, if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in the Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. ~ Deuteronomy  30:9-10

Observation: In the verses preceding this passage, God talks about how the Israelites will turn away from him and follow other gods. This passage promises God’s blessing if they will just turn from their sin and follow him.

Application: Lately I’ve struggled with the idea of pursuing success. I want to be a successful writer – to make money to help support my family and others  – but I have wondered if that was even a Godly pursuit. Though we don’t live under the old law because Jesus died for our sins, I can’t help but believe that God truly wants us to be successful in our work.

Prayer: God, I pray that, like the Israelites, you will make us prosperous in all our work. Give us the ability and the desire to turn to you with all our heart and soul.

Not on Bread Alone, Bible in 90 Days – Day 14

SOAP for today!

Deuteronomy 8:1 – 23:11

Scripture: “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your forefathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ~ Deuteronomy  8:3

Observation: God divinely provided the Israelites with food from the sky so that they would know it came from Him alone. Jesus used this verse in the New Testament when the devil tempted him during his 40 day fast. Maybe I need to quote this verse when I am trying to lose weight (like today)!

Application: It is so easy to forget how dependent we are on God! We can’t live a satisfying life without Him. I know how weak I feel when I try to go a day without food. I need to remember how spiritually weak I am when I go a day without filling up with God’s word!

Prayer: God, give us the desire to seek you and read your word. Don’t let us just fill up with food for satisfaction, but fill us with you and let us be satisfied.

Blessing After Sin, Bible in 90 Days – Day 13

There were so many great verses in today’s reading, it was hard to narrow down one to write about. Even if you aren’t following this reading plan, I’d recommend that you read these passages! Here’s the SOAP for today!

Numbers 32:20 – Deuteronomy 7:26

Scripture: “The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast desert. These 40 years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.” ~ Deuteronomy 2:7

Observation: The Israelite people disobeyed God by not believing He would allow them to defeat the people in the land he promised them. As punishment for their disbelief, he made them wander for 40 years in the desert before he allowed them to enter the land. During that time the people disobeyed God again, and again and again. Even though they didn’t deserve it (and the mess of wandering in the desert was all  their fault) , God still blessed them.

Application: The idea that God still blesses us even after we disobey is a huge encouragement to me. I often feel like I have messed up too much for God. I know he loves me, but I worry that he won’t bless me – something that is unbiblical! When it comes  to owning a ranch I have a tendency to think that we have made too many wrong decisions (especially financial) for God to let us have one. While it is true that there are consequences for disobedience, God will be with us in the mess and still  bless us. This verse proves it! Don’t let the devil keep you in that place of discouragement!

Prayer: Like you did with the Israelites, God, bless all the work of our hands. Watch over us even in the self-made valleys of our lives. I pray that we don’t have to stay in the valleys anywhere close to 40 years. Deliver us soon.

Deny Yourself, Bible in 90 Days – Day 12

SOAP for today!

Numbers 21:8-32:19

Scripture: “On the tenth day of this seventh month hold a sacred assembly. You must deny yourselves and do no work.” ~ Numbers 15: 38-39

Observation: Doing no work takes self denial.

Application: I don’t think God would have told the Israelite people not to work on certain days if it wasn’t ultimately for their benefit. As I have tried to implement a day of rest into my weekly routine I’ve had trouble. Instead of spending time with my kids or relaxing, I find myself trying to catch up – throwing in load of laundry, doing a bunch of dishes,organizing something or even blogging. It is difficult to feel like I can get ahead in life if I am not working at it some everyday. But as is evidenced all over the Bible, God takes the foolish things of this world and confounds the wise. I know in my heart that we truly can get more accomplished is 6 days than we can 7 and God will bless us for it.

Prayer: God, give us all wisdom on how to implement a day of rest into our lives. Show us how to be a great example to our children. Help us not to live hurried, rushed lives but peaceful ones instead.

Make Reminders, Bible in 90 Days – Day 11

SOAP for today!

Numbers 8:15 – 21:7

Scripture: “Speak to the Israelites and say to them, ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by  going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.’” ~ Numbers 15: 38-39

Observation: God knows us and knows how easy it is for us to forget him. I am amazed that God thought that the Israelites needed a reminder of him – they had the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire guiding all of their steps!

Application: I need reminders of God’s commands in my life. I don’t have hardly any decorations up in our rental house, but when we own a house again (I hope someday soon) I want to get, or make if I can, scripture wall cutouts. I hope to hand pertinent Bible verses in every room of the house to remind me of good. I did I Beth Moore Bible study at my church a few years ago. During that study she had us wear a blue bracelet to remind us of this verse and God’s commands. I need to do something like that again I think. If only blue tassels on all corners of our clothes was in style again….

Prayer: God, help us to remember your word and commands. Show us practical things we can do to remind ourselves and our families of you. Give us the desire and ability to obey you.

A Great Prayer, Bible in 90 Days – Day 10

SOAP for today!

Leviticus 26:27 – Numbers 8:14

Scripture: “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell Aaron and his sons, this is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.'”

 ~ Numbers 6:22 -26

Observation: I really love this prayer and plan on memorizing it with my 5-year-old and praying it over my family often!

Application: It is right to ask God’s blessing on our lives. God told the priests of the day to do it. I need to do it more often.

Prayer: God, I make this verse my prayer. Help me to memorize it. Bless us, be gracious toward us and give us peace!

God Wants to Bless, Bible in 90 Days – Day 9

 

 

 

 

SOAP for today!

Leviticus 14:33 – 26:26

Scripture: “If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit.” ~ Exodus 26:3-4

Observation: As a girl who wants to ranch, I love all the Bible’s references to agriculture!  It is apparent not only in these verses, (but many others) that God wanted to bless people if they obey him.

Application: I know that these days we aren’t under the old covenant of God (we aren’t made right with God by sacrificing and following the Old Biblical law, but by the death of Jesus Christ and our belief in him – message me if you have questions!) but  I can’t help but believe His words apply to us today. I am a pessimist by nature (I don’t like that part of my personality!) and it is easy for me to think of God as a guy keeping tabs and wanting to punish. But this verse makes me believe that God wants to bless if we are trying to seek  and live for him (we will mess up, but are immediately made right when we ask for forgiveness and turn away from our sin).  God wants to bless us and we need to believe that. 

Prayer: God, I pray for your blessing on my life and that of my readers. I believe you want us to have success in our lives. Give us the ability to live for you and bless us for it.

Sin is Sin, Bible in 90 Days – Day 8

SOAP  for Day 8

Today’s reading was a little difficult to get  through. The Israelite ceremonial law was hard to understand sometimes. I am glad that I live in the era after Jesus died so I don’t have to sacrifice animals for my sins! I think I would be at the temple doing that all day long – I’d run out of animals!

Leviticus 1:1 – 14:32

Scripture: “If the whole Israelite community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, even though the community is unaware of the matter, they are guilty.’” ~ Leviticus 4:13

Observation: God has to punish sin even if it is unintentional. He doesn’t do it out of spite, he just does it because he is just and can’t let things go unpunished. Thankfully, in this day in age, all it takes to get right with God again is to confess sin and ask for forgiveness. Thank you God!

Application: Sometimes, in order to gain some perspective, I try to look at God through the eyes of a parent – like how I would be if I was God (I know I am not God, nor do I want to be ;)). As a parent, if I set rules (rules I know that are ultimately beneficial for the whole family), I am not doing a good job if I don’t enforce those rules. Kids would get hurt and life would be chaotic if I didn’t enforce them. In same  way, God sets rules that are ultimately for our own good and he has to punish if the rules aren’t obeyed (that is, we sin). God knows that those things he calls sin actually hurt us, just like a parent knows certain things are not good for kids to do. Because God is so holy, we can look forward to a pain-free, perfect  life in heaven with him because there will be no sin to hurt us or anyone else.

Prayer: God, thank you for holiness and for you love. Help me understand your word and how it applies to my life.