Gateway Friends -

It's been 10 days since Easter and I have great news.  Jesus is still alive! 

Friends, the Word is alive as well.  Earlier this week, I was reading in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 10.  Many of you are familiar with the S.O.A.P. Life Journaling method and I thought I would share mine from Sunday, April 23.

Scripture -

MATTHEW 10:20 ESV  For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Observation -

<WHO> Jesus instructions were not vague.  Avoid the Gentiles and Samaritans.  Go to the House of Israel (Jews). 

<WHERE> Jesus instructed his disciples to 'go' to a certain area.  

<WHAT>  Jesus instructions included specifics.  Don't receive money, speak peace when you enter, knock the dust off…  Jesus said, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the leper, cast out demons. 

With the Who, What, Where being laid out, there's one big thing missing, HOW?  How will they accomplish this big task?  This is where verse 20 provides the answer: …but the Spirit of your Father will speak through you.  We may feel like we know the where, who, what, but the HOW is vitally important.  The Spirit speaking through you is essential.

Application -

Stay focused on the mission of where, what, who, but rely more on the Spirit for the HOW.

  • How do I live > through the Spirit
  • How do I work > through the Spirit
  • How do I relate > through the Spirit
  • How do I speak > through the Spirit
  • How do I forgive > through the Spirit
  • How do I accept > through the Spirit
  • How do I lead > through the Spirit
  • How do I minister > through the Spirit
  • How do I parent / grandparent > through the Spirit

Prayer -

Thank you Jesus, for reminding the disciples of old and me today, how to operate and live a life on mission.  Will you fill me fresh today with Your Spirit.  Pour in me and work through me.  NO matter where, no matter what, no matter when, no matter who . . . may it all be done THROUGH Your Spirit.  Like the first disciples, I choose to follow you and your way - the way of the Spirit.

If you would like to start Journaling, the S.O.A.P. method is an easy and effective one.  In fact, the Life Journal is on the new Gateway App.  Download today and start reading the Word; it will transform your life.


Pursue what matters most / Matt 6:33

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