Galatians 6:10

S- Galatians 6:10 10 So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers] (AMP) Galatians 6:10 10 So when we can do good to everyone, let us do it. Let’s try even harder to do good to the family of believers (NIRV).

O-Here is an exhortation to all Christians to do good in their places (Gal. 6:10): As we have therefore an opportunity, etc. It is not enough that we be good to others, if we would approve ourselves to be Christians indeed. The duty here recommended to us is the same that is spoken of in the Gal. 6:1-10; and, as there the apostle exhorts us to sincerity and perseverance in it, so here he directs us both as to the objects and rule of it. 1. The objects of this duty are more generally all men. We are not to confine our charity and beneficence within too narrow bounds, as the Jews and judaizing Christians were apt to do, but should be ready to extend it to all who partake of the same common nature with us, as far as we are capable and they stand in need of us. But yet, in the exercise of it, we are to have a special regard to the household of faith, or to those who profess the same common faith, and are members of the same body of Christ, with us: though others are not to be excluded, yet these are to be preferred. The charity of Christians should be extensive charity: but yet therein a particular respect is to be had to good people. God does good to all, but in an especial manner he is good to his own servants; and we must in doing good be followers of God as dear children. 2. The rule which we are to observe in doing good to others is as we have opportunity, which implies, (1.) That we should be sure to do it while we have opportunity, or while our life lasts, which is the only season wherein we are capable of doing good to others. If therefore we would behave ourselves aright in this matter, we must not, as too many do, neglect it in our life-time, and defer it till we come to die, under a pretence of doing something of this nature then: for, as we cannot be sure that we shall then have an opportunity for it, so neither, if we should, have we any ground to expect that what we do will be so acceptable to God, much less that we can atone for our past neglects by leaving something behind us for the good of others, when we can no longer keep it ourselves. But we should take care to do good in our life-time, yea, to make this the business of our lives. And, (2.) That we be ready to improve every opportunity for it: we should not content ourselves in having done some good already; but, whenever fresh occasions offer themselves, as far as our capacity reaches we should be ready to embrace them too, for we are directed to give a portion to seven and also to eight, Eccl. 11:2. Note, [1.] As God has made it our duty to do good to others, so he takes care in his providence to furnish us with opportunities for it. The poor we have always with us, Matt. 26:11. [2.] Whenever God gives us an opportunity of being useful to others, he expects we should improve it, according to our capacity and ability. [3.] We have need of godly wisdom and discretion to direct us in the exercise of our charity or beneficence, and particularly in the choice of the proper objects of it; for, though none who stand in need of us are to be wholly overlooked, yet there is a difference to be made between some and others.

A- I will continue to do good to others even when they don’t notice what I do. I also will continue to look for opportunities to help others.

K- Lord, thank you for giving me a heart of mercy that always looks to help others in need. Lord, mold me into the woman of God that you have created me to be, and continue to prune anything out of my life that is not bearing fruit for you. Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

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Exodus 26

Exodus 26:31-37 31 And make a veil of blue, purple, and scarlet [stuff] and fine twined linen, skillfully worked with cherubim on it. 32 You shall hang it on four pillars of acacia wood overlaid with gold, with gold hooks, on four sockets of silver. 33 And you shall hang the veil from the clasps and bring the ark of the Testimony into place within the veil; and the veil shall separate for you the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. 34 And you shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the Testimony in the Most Holy Place. 35 And you shall set the table [for the showbread] outside the veil [in the Holy Place] on the north side and the lampstand opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle. 36 You shall make a hanging [to form a screen] for the door of the tent of blue, purple, and scarlet [stuff] and fine twined linen, embroidered.  37 You shall make five pillars of acacia wood to support the hanging curtain and overlay them with gold; their hooks shall be of gold, and you shall cast five [base] sockets of bronze for them (AMP). Exodus 26:31-37 31 “Make a curtain out of blue, purple and bright red yarn and finely twisted linen. Have a skilled worker sew cherubim into the pattern. 32 Hang the curtain with gold hooks on four posts that are made out of acacia wood. Cover the posts with gold. Stand them on four silver bases. 33 Hang the curtain from the hooks. Place the ark of the covenant law behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Room from the Most Holy Room. 34 Put the cover on the ark of the covenant law in the Most Holy Room. The cover will be the place where sin is paid for. 35 Place the table outside the curtain on the north side of the holy tent. And put the lampstand across from it on the south side.36 “Make a curtain for the entrance to the tent. Make it out of blue, purple and bright red yarn and finely twisted linen. Have a person who sews skillfully make it. 37 Make gold hooks for the curtain. Make five posts out of acacia wood. Cover them with gold. And make five bronze bases for them (NIRV).

O-  Matthew Henry’s Commentary:A veil, or curtain, separated the holy place from the most holy place. It was hung upon pillars. This vail was for a partition between the holy place and the most holy; which forbade any to look into the holiest of all. The apostle tells what was the meaning of this vail, Heb 9:8. That the ceremonial law could not make the comers thereunto perfect, nor would the observance of it bring men to heaven; the way into the holiest of all was not made manifest, while the first tabernacle was standing. Life and immortality lay hidden till they were brought to light by the gospel; which was signified by the rending of this vail at the death of Christ, Mt 27:51. We have now boldness to enter into the holiest, in all acts of worship, by the blood of Jesus; yet such as obliges us to holy reverence. Another vail was for the outer door of the tabernacle. This vail was all the defence the tabernacle had. God takes care of his church on earth. A curtain shall be, if God please to make it so, as strong a defence to his house, as gates of brass and bars of iron. With this typical description of Christ and his church before us, what is our judgment of these matters? Do we see any glory in the person of Christ? any excellence in his character? any thing precious in his salvation? or any wisdom in the doctrine of the cross? Will our religion bear examination? and are we more careful to approve our hearts to God than our characters toward men?
A- I need to remember that the rending of the veil was at the death of Christ. I can enter his presence without anything separating me from the presence of God.

K- Lord, thank you for your Son to die on the cross for my sins, and that I can freely enter into your presence without anything separating me from your presence. 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 mold me into the woman of God that you have created me to be Amen.

Little Blessings Easter Stories and Prayers by Kathleen Long Bostrom Review

Easter Stories and Prayers

I love how Kathleen Bostrom explains in the first section of Why is There a Cross? On Page 14 she begins with the crosses we see both large and the small remind us that Christ gave his life for us. I love how on each section she includes scripture verses of where you can find the references to the cross. I love how easy that section is to read, and the pictures are quite easy to look at I love how the illustrations pop out for you to see. Her explaining what the cross represents is really neat because I know that kids are just starting to understand what the cross really means.

In her section on Who is Jesus? She describes how he came to down to earth in the form of a baby. Kathleen Bostrom explains about Who is Jesus really well because I love how she describes how Jesus did everything like us that he also had emotions like us. I love that she describes Jesus as a lamp that glows softly with light. That at night Jesus keeps us safe with his light. That Jesus’s love is as bright as the sun. The wording in the book is really great because I love how the words flow with the pictures in the book.

In her section on What is Prayer? She describes how praying to God is talking to him, and it is a great thing to do. That God is always listening to us. That God doesn’t care the words that you use to pray he just wants us to talk to him. I love how she says God already knows what you’re going to say. She goes on to say that you don’t have to get on your knees to pray. She says that it’s never a problem however you start. But God really wants you to pray from your heart. I also love how on p. 98 I love how she explains ending your prayer with “amen” is a way of saying, “I’ve finished my prayer now, okay?” I also love how she explains that a prayer is like a telephone call. That with God there is never a busy signal, and that God will never hang up on you.

In her section on What is Heaven? I love her beginning line All questions have answers, but some you won’t learn till God says it’s time for his Son to return. The ending to What is Heaven? is great because it ends: It’s simply the best place we could ever be. I would recommend this book to anyone with young children because they are always asking questions about everything. I plan on giving this book to my nephew who will be born this July because I absolutely loved the pictures in the book, and I loved how the words matched the pictures in the book.

I received Little Blessings Easter Stories and Prayers by Kathleen Long Bostrom compliments of Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I never received any payment from them.

SOAPing Ephesians 4:2

S- Ephesians 4:2 Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another (AMP). Ephesians 4:2 Don’t be proud at all. Be completely gentle. Be patient. Put up with one another in love (NIRV).

O- Paul is telling us that we need to not be proud, but gentle, patient, and to put up with one another.

A- I need to continue to let go of my pride and continue to be gentle, and patient with other people. I know in the past my pride has gotten in my way because I think when I accomplish something that nobody could do it as well as me.

P- Lord, thank you for helping me to let go of my pride, and rely on you for everything in my life. Help me to continue to be gentle, and patient with other people. Lord, create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me. Lord, 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 called me to be.

Exodus 25

S- Exodus 25:10-16 10 “They shall make an ark of acacia wood. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 11 You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and outside shall you overlay it, and you shall make on it a molding of gold around it. 12 You shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it. 13 You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark by them. 15 The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. 16 And you shall put into the ark the testimony that I shall give you. Exodus 25:10-16 10 “Have them make an ark out of acacia wood. It must be a chest three feet nine inches long and two feet three inches wide and high. 11 Cover it inside and outside with pure gold. Put a strip of gold around it. 12 Make four gold rings for it. Join them to its four bottom corners. Put two rings on one side and two rings on the other. 13 Then make poles out of acacia wood. Cover them with gold. 14 Put the poles through the rings on the sides of the ark to carry it. 15 The poles must remain in the rings of the ark. Do not remove them. 16 I will give you the tablets of the covenant law. When I do, put them into the ark.

O- Matthew Henry’s Commentary: The ark was a chest, overlaid with gold, in which the two tables of the law were to be kept. These tables are called the testimony; God in them testified his will. This law was a testimony to the Israelites, to direct them in their duty, and would be a testimony against them, if they transgressed. This ark was placed in the holy of holies; the blood of the sacrifices was sprinkled, and the incense burned, before it, by the high priest; and above it appeared the visible glory, which was the symbol of the Divine presence. This was a type of Christ in his sinless nature, which saw no corruption, in personal union with his Divine nature, atoning for our sins against it, by his death. The cherubim of gold looked one towards another, and both looked downward toward the ark. It denotes the angels’ attendance on the Redeemer, their readiness to do his will, their presence in the assemblies of saints, and their desire to look into the mysteries of the gospel. It was covered with a covering of gold, called the mercy-seat. God is said to dwell, or sit between the cherubim, on the mercy-seat. There he would give his law, and hear supplicants, as a prince on his throne.

A- I need to remember that Jesus dwells inside of me not in the ark of the covenant anymore.

K- Lord, thank you for sending your Son into the world and forgiving us when we sin against you. 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. Lord, create in me a pure heart, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me.

SOAPing Psalm 133:1

S- Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity (AMP)! Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in peace (NIRV)!

O- Matthew Henry’s Commentary: The excellency of brotherly love. – We cannot say too much, it were well if enough could be said, to persuade people to live together in peace. It is good for us, for our honour and comfort; and brings constant delight to those who live in unity. The pleasantness of this is likened to the holy anointing oil. This is the fruit of the Spirit, the proof of our union with Christ, and adorns his gospel. It is profitable as well as pleasing; it brings blessings numerous as the drops of dew. It cools the scorching heat of men’s passions, as the dews cool the air and refresh the earth. It moistens the heart, and makes it fit to receive the good seed of the word, and to make it fruitful. See the proof of the excellency of brotherly love: where brethren dwell together in unity, the Lord commands the blessing. God commands the blessing; man can but beg a blessing. Believers that live in love and peace, shall have the God of love and peace with them now, and they shall shortly be with him for ever, in the world of endless love and peace. May all who love the Lord forbear and forgive one another, as God, for Christ’s sake, hath forgiven them.
A- I will continue to forgive others and I will also be patient with them. I know that on the inside I am feeling impatient, but on the outside I manage to stay patient with other people.

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

Exodus 24

S- Exodus 24:15-18 15 Then Moses went up into the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day [God] called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17 And the glory of the Lord appeared to the Israelites like devouring fire on the top of the mountain. 18 Moses entered into the midst of the cloud and went up the mountain, and Moses was on the mountain forty days and nights (AMP). Exodus 24:15-18 15 Moses went up on the mountain. Then the cloud covered it. 16 The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. The cloud covered the mountain for six days. On the seventh day the Lord called out to Moses from inside the cloud. 17 The people of Israel saw the glory of the Lord. It looked like a fire burning on top of the mountain. 18 Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. He stayed on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights.

O- Matthew Henry’s Commentary: 24:12-18 A cloud covered the mount six days; a token of God’s special presence there. Moses was sure that he who called him up would protect him. Even those glorious attributes of God which are most terrible to the wicked, the saints with humble reverence rejoice in. And through faith in the atoning Sacrifice, we hope for greater honour than Moses ever enjoyed on earth. Now we see through a glass darkly, but when he shall appear, then face to face. This vision of God will continue with equal, if not increasing brightness of joy; not for a few days only, but through eternity.

A-  I have always wondered what heaven would be like, and this is probably off-topic from our discussion on Moses. I know that when I am in church during worship I really feel the presence of God when I am lifting up my hands. I use to wonder why my grandmother would raise her hands in the air during worship in a Lutheran church, but rereading these verses God doesn’t care what denomination you are because he requires us to worship him no matter what church we are in. Worship isn’t about just what we feel in church, but how we live out our everyday lives.

K- Lord, thank you for helping me to understand why we lift up our hands in church because you created us to worship you and be in your presence. Lord, create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Lord, 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.