March 19, 2020: SOAP #3759:   Joshua 3-6; 1Corinthians 4   Scripture:  1Corinthians (NIV) 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. Observation:  This verse reminds me of the sons of Sceva who tried to cast out demons with their words. (Acts 19:13-17) The demons attacked them and chased them […]

March 19, 2020: SOAP #3759:   Joshua 3-6; 1Corinthians 4  

Scripture:  1Corinthians (NIV) 4:20 For the kingdom of Godis not a matter of talk but of power.

Observation:  Thisverse reminds me of the sons of Sceva who tried to cast out demons with theirwords. (Acts 19:13-17) The demons attacked them and chased them away.  Their words had no power to bringdeliverance. 

The kingdom of God is a structure of authority under God's control.  Being in the kingdom does affect how I speak,but if it does not affect how I live, it is not His Kingdom.  God's kingdom has the power to change my lifeand to change my circumstances.  It hasthe power to make changes that are visible. 

Application:  The power of the kingdom changes me then usesme to change others.  Others can see thechanges in me, and the changes God uses me to bring to others.    

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, help me to do more than talk agood life; help me to live a good life. Work in me and through me so that others can see your power.  Amen

NOTE:   In these Daily SOAPs I have been expecting God to give me a devotion that would apply to the COVID-19.   I was thinking that He might not be as concerned about it as I am.   But the truth:   He knows that the best way for me to face the future and what it holds, is to be full of His Word and walking in His Spirit!     As I am faithful to be in His Word, the Holy Spirit will make sure I have what I need to face each day!  

Pastor Leon
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