November 29, 2019: SOAP #3648:  1Thes 4-5; 2Thes 1-3 Scripture:  1Thessalonians (NIV) 4:1 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 For you know what instructions […]

November 29, 2019: SOAP #3648:  1Thes 4-5; 2Thes 1-3

Scripture:  1Thessalonians (NIV) 4:1 Finally, brothers, weinstructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living.Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 Foryou know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

Observation:  AsJesus taught, he took no credit for his teaching, but clearly told Hislisteners that he was giving them only what the Father had given him.  Here we see Paul doing the same.  He was not telling them what he wanted themto hear, but what God wanted them to hear. The instructions Paul had given theThessalonians was given under the direction and authority of the Lord Jesus.

Application:    As I approach the tenth anniversary of writing and posting these daily SOAPs, the determination of my success remains the same.   As an active senior pastor, my goal for preaching weekly sermons was to give out only what God wanted me to say.   Now, in writing these daily SOAP devotions, it is my goal to only write what God is saying to me.  

Once in a while I sense God speaking through me to someone else, but all the time, even when God is speaking to someone else, I know God is speaking to me.   For that reason, the application portion is written in first person.

Prayer:   Heavenly Father, only you can determine my success in writing these SOAPs.  Only you, truly know what you are saying to Leon.  Holy Spirit, help me understand and make clear with my words what you are saying to me.  Use these SOAPs as an example to others for daily Bible reading and as an encouragement to look for what you are saying to them each day.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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