Soaping Joshua 24:15

S- Joshua 24:15 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (AMP). Joshua 24:15 15 But suppose you don’t want to serve him. Then choose for yourselves right now whom you will serve. You can choose the gods your people served east of the Euphrates River. Or you can serve the gods of the Amorites. After all, you are living in their land. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord (NIRV).”

O- Here we see Joshua is asking the people to make a tough choice of what god they are going to serve whether it be the gods from their fathers or the gods of the Amorites in the land they are dwelling currently. I love the bold statement he makes that as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

A- As for me and my household I will serve the Lord no matter what this world tries to put in the way. I will continue to trust in the Lord for everything in my life.

P- Lord, I will serve you no matter what this world tries to put in my way. I will also continue to trust in you for everything in my life. Lord, create in me a pure heart, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Lord, continue to mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be, and continue to prune anything out of my life that is not bearing fruit for you. I found this neat video from John Waller called As For Me based on this scripture verse that I just Soaped:

 

Soaping Genesis 2:18

S- Genesis 2:18 18 Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him (AMP). Genesis 2:18 18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him (NIRV),”

O- Matthew Henry’s Commentary: Power over the creatures was given to man, and as a proof of this he named them all. It also shows his insight into the works of God. But though he was lord of the creatures, yet nothing in this world was a help meet for man. From God are all our helpers. If we rest in God, he will work all for good. God caused deep sleep to fall on Adam; while he knows no sin, God will take care that he shall feel no pain. God, as her Father, brought the woman to the man, as his second self, and a help meet for him. That wife, who is of God’s making by special grace, and of God’s bringing by special providence, is likely to prove a help meet for a man. See what need there is, both of prudence and prayer in the choice of this relation, which is so near and so lasting. That had need to be well done, which is to be done for life. Our first parents needed no clothes for covering against cold or heat, for neither could hurt them: they needed none for ornament. Thus easy, thus happy, was man in his state of innocency. How good was God to him! How many favours did he load him with! How easy were the laws given to him! Yet man, being in honour, understood not his own interest, but soon became as the beasts that perish.
A- I know there are times I want to be way too independent from my boyfriend and do things without him, but God did not create us to be alone. He created men and women to be together in him. So I must remember yes some alone time is good, but that doesn’t mean I need to be so independent that I forget about my boyfriend who God created for me to take care of him and him to take care of me.

P- Lord, I thank you for creating a helpmate like Steve who loves me unconditionally. Help me to not be so independent that I forget about my boyfriend. Lord, create in me a pure heart, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me. Lord, continue to mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be, and continue to prune anything out of my life that is not bearing fruit for you.

Soaping 1 Timothy 5:8

S- 1 Timothy 5:8 If anyone fails to provide for his relatives, and especially for those of his own family, he has disowned the faith [by failing to accompany it with fruits] and is worse than an unbeliever [who performs his obligation in these matters](AMP). 1 Timothy 5:8 Everyone should provide for their own relatives. Most of all, everyone should take care of their own family. If they don’t, they have left the faith. They are worse than someone who doesn’t believe (NIRV).

O- Matthew Henry’s Commentary: Honour widows that are widows indeed, relieve them, and maintain them. It is the duty of children, if their parents are in need, and they are able to relieve them, to do it to the utmost of their power. Widowhood is a desolate state; but let widows trust in the Lord, and continue in prayer. All who live in pleasure, are dead while they live, spiritually dead, dead in trespasses and sins. Alas, what numbers there are of this description among nominal Christians, even to the latest period of life! If any men or women do not maintain their poor relations, they in effect deny the faith. If they spend upon their lusts and pleasures, what should maintain their families, they have denied the faith, and are worse than infidels. If professors of the gospel give way to any corrupt principle or conduct, they are worse than those who do not profess to believe the doctrines of grace.

A- I need to continue to help those in my family.

P- Lord, create in me a pure heart, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me. Lord, continue to prune anything out of my life that is not bearing fruit for you, and continue to mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be.

 

Exodus 18

S- Exodus 18:13-21 13 Next day Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening. 14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, What is this that you do for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening? 15 Moses said to his father-in-law, Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 16 When they have a dispute they come to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor, and I make them know the statutes of God and His laws. 17 Moses’ father-in-law said to him, The thing that you are doing is not good. 18 You will surely wear out both yourself and this people with you, for the thing is too heavy for you; you are not able to perform it all by yourself. 19 Listen now to [me]; I will counsel you, and God will be with you. You shall represent the people before God, bringing their cases and causes to Him, 20 Teaching them the decrees and laws, showing them the way they must walk and the work they must do. 21 Moreover, you shall choose able men from all the people—God-fearing men of truth who hate unjust gain—and place them over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, to be their rulers (AMP). Exodus 18:13-21 13 The next day Moses took his seat to serve the people as their judge. They stood around him from morning until evening. 14 His father-in-law saw everything Moses was doing for the people. So he said, “Aren’t you trying to do too much for the people? You are the only judge. And all these people are standing around you from morning until evening.” 15 Moses answered, “The people come to me to find out what God wants them to do. 16 Anytime they don’t agree with one another, they come to me. I decide between them. I tell them about God’s rules and instructions.” 17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing isn’t good. 18 You will just get worn out. And so will these people who come to you. There’s too much work for you. You can’t possibly handle it by yourself. 19 Listen to me. I’ll give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must speak to God for the people. Take their problems to him. 20 Teach them his rules and instructions. Show them how to live and what to do. 21 But choose men of ability from all the people. They must have respect for God. You must be able to trust them. They must not try to get money by cheating others. Appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens (NIRV).

O- Matthew Henry’s Commentary: Here is the great zeal and the toil of Moses as a magistrate. Having been employed to redeem Israel out of the house of bondage, he is a further type of Christ, that he is employed as a lawgiver and a judge among them. If the people were as quarrelsome one with another as they were with God, no doubt Moses had many causes brought before him. This business Moses was called to; it appears that he did it with great care and kindness. The meanest Israelite was welcome to bring his cause before him. Moses kept to his business from morning to night. Jethro thought it was too much for him to undertake alone; also it would make the administration of justice tiresome to the people. There may be over-doing even in well-doing. Wisdom is profitable to direct, that we may neither content ourselves with less than our duty, nor task ourselves beyond our strength. Jethro advised Moses to a better plan. Great men should not only study to be useful themselves, but contrive to make others useful. Care must be taken in the choice of the persons admitted into such a trust. They should be men of good sense, that understood business, and that would not be daunted by frowns or clamours, but abhorred the thought of a bribe. Men of piety and religion; such as fear God, who dare not to do a base thing, though they could do it secretly and securely. The fear of God will best fortify a man against temptations to injustice. Moses did not despise this advice. Those are not wise, who think themselves too wise to be counselled.

A- I know there have been times that I have overwhelmed myself by taking on too many tasks at once or I have overcommitted myself. I need to remember that when I need wisdom to seek out some Godly wisdom.

K- Lord, help me to not overwhelm myself by taking on too many tasks. I also pray that you would help me to seek Godly counsel when needed. Lord, create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Lord, continue to prune anything out of me that is not bearing fruit for you, and mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be.

Exodus 17

S- Exodus 17:11-16 11 When Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and when he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands were heavy and grew weary. So [the other men] took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Then Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side and one on the other side; so his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua mowed down and disabled Amalek and his people with the sword. 14 And the Lord said to Moses, Write this for a memorial in the book and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under the heavens.15 And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord is my Banner; 16 And he said, Because [theirs] is a hand against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation (AMP). Exodus 17:11-16 11 As long as Moses held up his hand, the Israelites were winning. But every time he lowered his hands, the Amalekites began to win. 12 When Moses’ arms got tired, Aaron and Hur got a stone and put it under him. Then he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands. Aaron was on one side, and Hur was on the other. Moses’ hands remained steady until sunset. 13 So Joshua destroyed the Amalekite army with swords. 14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “This is something to be remembered. So write it on a scroll. Make sure Joshua knows you have done it. I will completely erase the memory of the Amalekites from the earth.” 15 Then Moses built an altar. He called it The Lord Is My Banner. 16 He said, “The Amalekites opposed the authority of the Lord. So the Lord will fight against the Amalekites for all time to come.”

O- Israel engaged with Amalek in their own necessary defence. God makes his people able, and calls them to various services for the good of his church. Joshua fights, Moses prays, both minister to Israel. The rod was held up, as the banner to encourage the soldiers. Also to God, by way of appeal to him. Moses was tired. The strongest arm will fail with being long held out; it is God only whose hand is stretched out still. We do not find that Joshua’s hands were heavy in fighting, but Moses’ hands were heavy in praying; the more spiritual any service is, the more apt we are to fail and flag in it. To convince Israel that the hand of Moses, whom they had been chiding, did more for their safety than their own hands, his rod than their sword, the success rises and falls as Moses lifts up or lets down his hands. The church’s cause is more or less successful, as her friends are more or less strong in faith, and fervent in prayer. Moses, the man of God, is glad of help. We should not be shy, either of asking help from others, or of giving help to others. The hands of Moses being thus stayed, were steady till the going down of the sun. It was great encouragement to the people to see Joshua before them in the field of battle, and Moses above them on the hill. Christ is both to us; our Joshua, the Captain of our salvation, who fights our battles, and our Moses, who ever lives, making intercession above, that our faith fail not. Weapons formed against God’s Israel cannot prosper long, and shall be broken at last. Moses must write what had been done, what Amalek had done against Israel; write their bitter hatred; write their cruel attempts; let them never be forgotten, nor what God had done for Israel in saving them from Amalek. Write what should be done; that in process of time Amalek should be totally ruined and rooted out. Amalek’s destruction was typical of the destruction of all the enemies of Christ and his kingdom.
A-  God gives me the strength to do things that I believe are impossible. I need to not be shy in asking help from others or giving help to others. Christ is the captain of my salvation, fights our battles, and our Moses, who ever lives, making intercession above, that our faith fail not.

K- Lord, thank you for giving me the strength to do things that I believe are impossible. Help me not to be shy in asking for help from others or giving help to others. Thank you that Christ is the captain of my salvation, fights my battles, and our Moses, who ever lives, making intercession above, that our faith fail not. Lord, create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Lord, continue to mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be, and prune anything out of my life that is not bearing fruit for you.

Exodus 16

S- Exodus 16:23-28 23 He said to them, The Lord has said, Tomorrow is a solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord; bake and boil what you will bake and boil today; and all that remains over put aside for you to keep until morning. 24 They laid it aside till morning, as Moses told them; and it did not become foul, neither was it wormy. 25 Moses said, Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord. Today you shall find none in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there shall be none. 27 On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, but they found none.28 The Lord said to Moses, How long do you [people] refuse to keep My commandments and My laws (AMP)? Exodus 16:23-28 23 He said to them, “Here is what the Lord commanded. He said, ‘Tomorrow will be a day of rest. It will be a holy Sabbath day. It will be set apart for the Lord. So bake what you want to bake. Boil what you want to boil. Save what is left. Keep it until morning.’ ” 24 So they saved it until morning, just as Moses commanded. It didn’t stink or get maggots in it. 25 “Eat it today,” Moses said. “Today is a Sabbath day to honor the Lord. You won’t find any flakes on the ground today. 26 Gather them for six days. But on the seventh day there won’t be any. It’s the Sabbath day.” 27 In spite of what Moses said, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather the flakes. But they didn’t find any. 28 Then the Lord spoke to Moses. He said, “How long will all of you refuse to obey my commands and my teachings (NIRV)?

O- Here is mention of a seventh-day sabbath. It was known, not only before the giving of the law upon mount Sinai, but before the bringing of Israel out of Egypt, even from the beginning, Ge 2:3. The setting apart one day in seven for holy work, and, in order to that, for holy rest, was ever since God created man upon the earth, and is the most ancient of the Divine laws. Appointing them to rest on the seventh day, he took care that they should be no losers by it; and none ever will be losers by serving God. On that day they were to fetch in enough for two days, and to make it ready. This directs us to contrive family affairs, so that they may hinder us as little as possible in the work of the sabbath. Works of necessity are to be done on that day; but it is desirable to have as little as may be to do, that we may apply ourselves the more closely to prepare for the life that is to come. When they kept manna against a command, it stank; when they kept it by a command, it was sweet and good; every thing is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. On the seventh day God did not send the manna, therefore they must not expect it, nor go out to gather. This showed that it was produced by miracle.

A- I need to remember to take a day of rest, and power down everything, and turn on some praise and worship music. God created us to worship him. How many times have I kept something that God has told me to let go of and it stank? I know there are times when God has told me to let go of my anger, and then I just want to hold onto it, but God says to let it go. He is trying to show me that by being happy and trusting him it is much sweeter than carrying around bitterness and anger.

K- Lord, thank you for reminding that I need to take a day of rest to worship you because you created me to worship you. Lord, help me to remember that by letting go of my anger I am getting rid of the sour in my life, but by being happy and trusting you I am getting something sweet just like a good chocolate bar. Lord, create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me. Lord, I pray that you will continue to prune anything out of my life that is not bearing fruit for you, and mold me into the woman of God that you have created me to be.

Day 13 and 14 of Our Daily Bread in Finding Comfort in Times of Loss

Day 13

Lamentations 3:1-21  am [Jeremiah] the man who has seen affliction under the rod of His wrath. He has led me and brought me into darkness and not light. Surely He has turned away from me; His hand is against me all the day. My flesh and my skin has He worn out and made old; He has shattered my bones. He has built up [siege mounds] against me and surrounded me with bitterness, tribulation, and anguish. He has caused me to dwell in dark places like those long dead. He walled me in so that I cannot get out; He has weighted down my chain. Even when I cry and shout for help, He shuts out my prayer. He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked. 10 He is to me like a bear lying in wait, and like a lion [hiding] in secret places. 11 He has turned me off my ways and pulled me in pieces; He has made me desolate. 12 He has bent His bow and set me as a mark for the arrow. 13 He has caused the arrows of His quiver to enter into my heart [the seat of my affections and desires]. 14 I have become a derision to all my people, and [the subject of] their singsong all the day. 15 He has filled me with bitterness; He has made me drink to excess and until drunken with wormwood [bitterness]. 16 He has also broken my teeth with gravel (stones); He has covered me with ashes. 17 And You have bereaved my soul and cast it off far from peace; I have forgotten what good and happiness are. 18 And I say, Perished is my strength and my expectation from the Lord. 19 [O Lord] remember [earnestly] my affliction and my misery, my wandering and my outcast state, the wormwood and the gall. 20 My soul has them continually in remembrance and is bowed down within me.21 But this I recall and therefore have I hope and expectation (AMP): Lamentations 3:1-21 I am a man who has suffered greatly. The Lord has used the Babylonians to punish my people. He has driven me away. He has made me walk in darkness instead of light. He has turned his powerful hand against me. He has done it again and again, all day long. He has worn out my body. He has broken my bones.
He has surrounded me and attacked me. He has made me suffer bitterly. He has made things hard for me He has made me live in darkness like those who are dead and gone. He has built walls around me, so I can’t escape. He has put heavy chains on me. I call out and cry for help. But he won’t listen to me when I pray. He has put up a stone wall to block my way. He has made my paths crooked. 10 He has been like a bear waiting to attack me. He has been like a lion hiding in the bushes. 11 He has dragged me off the path. He has torn me to pieces. And he has left me helpless.
12 He has gotten his bow ready to use. He has shot his arrows at me. 13 The arrows from his bag have gone through my heart. 14 My people laugh at me all the time. They sing and make fun of me all day long. 15 The Lord has made my life bitter. He has made me suffer bitterly 16 He made me chew stones that broke my teeth. He has walked all over me in the dust. 17 I have lost all hope of ever having any peace. I’ve forgotten what good times are like. 18 So I say, “My glory has faded away. My hope in the Lord is gone.” 19 I remember how I suffered and wandered. I remember how bitter my life was. 20 I remember it very well. My spirit is very sad deep down inside me. 21 But here is something else I remember. And it gives me hope (NIRV).

Day 14

Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice! Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon]. Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you (AMP). Philippians 4:4-9 Always be joyful because you belong to the Lord. I will say it again. Be joyful! Let everyone know how gentle you are. The Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to him. Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and your minds. He will do this because you belong to Christ Jesus. God’s peace can never be completely understood. Finally, my brothers and sisters, always think about what is true. Think about what is noble, right and pure. Think about what is lovely and worthy of respect. If anything is excellent or worthy of praise, think about those kinds of things. Do what you have learned or received or heard from me. Follow my example. The God who gives peace will be with you (NIRV).