March 31, 2019: SOAP #3405:   Judges 9-10; Psalm 49; 1Corinthians 16 Scripture:  1Corinthians (NIV) 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 14 Do everything in love. Observation:   As Paul comes to the end of his letter to the church in Corinth, he quickly includes these five […]

March 31, 2019: SOAP #3405:   Judges 9-10; Psalm 49; 1Corinthians 16

Scripture:  1Corinthians (NIV) 16:13 Be on your guard;stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 14 Do everything inlove.

Observation:   AsPaul comes to the end of his letter to the church in Corinth, he quickly includesthese five thoughts.  Each one could bethe subject of a much longer portion of scripture.  Perhaps Paul had limited time to prepare thisletter before sending it on its way. Maybe Paul was limited by writing materials.  Loving and caring parents, writing to theirchildren, might include similar quick thoughts at the end of a letter. 

Application:  It is good to put scripture in our ownwords.  To say the same thing withdifferent words.  I encourage SOAPreaders to use your own words and phrases to say what Paul was writing in theverses above.  Here is what I hear theLord speaking to me: 

Keep alert; do not let Satan surprise you. Your faith is your foundation.  Donot let fear make decisions for you.  Donot be an easy target for the enemy.  Andwhatever you do, do it in love!  

The above did not just flow through my thoughts.  I meditated on each phrase; I asked the Lordto help me understand what was for me. 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, you went to so much troubleto make sure we would have the Bible, and to have it in our language so wecould understand it.  Holy Spirit, openmy understanding to what you are saying to me. Amen

Pastor Leon
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