God’s Vision For You

Today I was finding myself feeling a little low so I decided to “binge-read” a devotional in the Bible app.

I landed on Kong Hee: God’s Vision For You. I’ve never heard of him but I was open to hearing something new.

His devotional was about Genesis 15 and the relationship between God and Abraham. Two concepts really encouraged me today:

  1. When you feel hopeless in the wait – God will remind you who He is
  2. God remembers every single promise He has made to you

A lot of times I can feel discouraged waiting. There are so many things I feel like are anywhere from 10 years all the way up to 20 years in the waiting in my life that haven’t happened yet. For my mom some prayers or visions for her life are 30 or more years in the waiting. So for me, it feels both comforting to hear that Abraham also got discouraged and frustrating to hear that he waited 75 years. Right?

But God is faithful – even if it seems like He is really really slow.

The Bible says “Do not be afraid, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward” Genesis 15:1 WEB

Even though it was 75 years, and Abraham had no son. And he felt like he was too old, and that his life had no purpose, the author says it perfectly:

“God reminded Abraham that He cared for him, that He protected him, and that He would reward him!”

Secondly, God realizes Abraham is stuck in what He does not see, and so God shows him something new:

“Look now toward the sky, and count the stars, if you are able to count them…So will your offspring be” Genesis 15:5-6 WEB

Today be encouraged that God remembers every promise He has made to you…even if I don’t. Yes, we might be preoccupied with one over the others, but God will always fulfill His promises.

God, you know the ways I am discouraged and feel hopeless..show me my “stars” and remind me that Your ways are uncountable. Thank you that You will fulfill every promise You made, because You never forget. Amen.

SOAP 5.14.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: Psalm 5:1-3 MSG

Observation: Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life
on your altar

Application: Every morning I should and can lay out every part of my life for God knowing that God is in control and able to cover every aspect of my need.

Prayer: God help me to remember that every morning I can lay my requests before you and you will hear me and acknowledge me.

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SOAP 5.4.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭2:5‬ MSG

Observation: I love the line: “He’ll show us the way he works so we can live the way we’re made.” By knowing God we are told we will be able to live how He made us.

Application: Until I get to Heaven I will not be perfect, but I can still live in the light of God.

Prayer: God thank you that you sent Jesus so we can live in Your light. Thank you that, as Matthew Henry says, “Let us remember that when true religion flourishes, men delight in going up to the house of the Lord, and in urging others to accompany them.” Amen.

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Enlarge Your Tent

Hey friends,

I’m not 100% ready to share full context yet, but early this morning, way before my alarm, I woke up ready to start a task. As I got up to do it, I felt like God said to me. Stop. I want to tell you something. And I felt like he wanted me to read something in the Bible. I had that sense within me. I wondered, okay, what should I read? And for a brief second I heard nothing. Then Isaiah 54 popped into my mind. Trust me this doesn’t always happen. Lol.

This part stuck out to me differently today:

16 “See, it is I who created the blacksmith
who fans the coals into flame
and forges a weapon fit for its work.

I feel like God told me this morning – that I’m the blacksmith. May is already a new chapter for me, unexpectedly, and although I have peace I’m still like – hey, I’m not prepared to enlarge my tent again!

Just wanted to share this moment because God spoke to me this morning, and I hope it encourages you in whatever season you find yourself in.

💖 Jess

SOAP 11/20/16

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: Isaiah 43:18-19 – MSG

Observation: It’s Sunday.

For me that’s the end of one week, and on the brink of a new week starting with Monday.

So, you can choose to look at the past week, the past month, the past year, or the passed past. Or you can look at Monday as an opportunity to allow God to “do something-brand new”.

Application: I will not stew on anything that has gone wrong this past week. God is with me and He is creating new things!

Prayer: God please help us to trust you. Help us be both alert and present to what you are about to do. Open our eyes. Amen!

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SOAP is also posted on jesscbnyc.wordpress.com⠀

SOAP – 10/19/16

Psalm 36:5-6 (MSG)

5-6 God’s love is meteoric,
    his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
    his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
    nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
    slips through the cracks.

Scripture: Psalm 36:5-6 MSG

Observation: God is both huge and small. He is aware of all things and yet the small details of your life.

Application: Even with the small things, bring God into everything.

Prayer: God, thank you that in your vastness you don’t forget about us. All of creation is made by your hand and held in it. Help me to remember to bring you into every little detail. Amen.

SOAP – 10/10/16

1 Corinthians 15:51-57 (MSG)

51-57 But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true:

Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?

It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 MSG

Observation: When Jesus returns it will be instantaneous transformation. Our Earthly bodies will instantly be replaced and we will lose our ability to die. Death will lose it’s power. Fear will lose its grip. Sadness will forever be erased.

Application: Sometimes I fear death. I don’t like what that feels like—a loss of control, and the unknown. I should remind myself that all good things come from God and there should be nothing to fear.

Prayer: God, help me not to fear the future. I will be perfected in you and no more Earthly pain will remain. This is good news!