Daily SOAP: God, Not Government, Gives Deliverance

SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Isaiah 19.


“For they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them.” –Isaiah 19:20


God allowed people to have great difficulty/oppression so that they would call on HIM, and HE would deliver them. HE would be their Champion and Savior.


Everyone has problems. They look to the most powerful source for solutions. In our day, most people seem to look to government to make things better. If they’re sick, they look to science. We must look to GOD and call on HIS NAME.

The church must be mobilized to PRAY–to call on God for deliverance and salvation. Too often do we look to political leaders and other people for our help. Certainly they are important and part of the solution, but our hope must be in God, and our FIRST step must be to PRAY.


Father, I confess my own prayer-lessness to You. I confess the pride of thinking I, or government leaders, can fix what’s wrong in the world. You must send a Champion! And You already have! I put my hope and trust in Jesus! Strengthen me as I urge others to call on You and hope in You as well!


Open Letter To George Verwer, Founder of Operation Mobilization

Dear George,

Every now and then, I go to your web site, read what’s happening with you, and check your itinerary to see if you are anywhere nearby at a time I’m available to attend one of your meetings. I noticed this morning that you are taking some time here in the States, and you mentioned you love to receive mail. Hence, I felt prompted to write you a brief letter of thanks and gratitude.

I’m sure you don’t know me, but you have had a profound impact on my life. I’m sure I’m just one of thousands — perhaps millions — that you have touched in small but significant ways, but let me share a couple of ways you’ve touched my life:

I attended a conference you led in Detroit in June, 1975. I was a young man just out of high school. The conference was for those heading off on summer mission trips, but I was there for the conference. There’s not much I remember about that week other than the conditions were spartan, and I didn’t like any of the food being served. 🙂

Oh, and one other thing I remember…

One afternoon, we were supposed to pair up and go out in door-to-door evangelism. Everyone found a partner and headed out, but I didn’t find one and was left in the large sanctuary by myself, feeling lonely at being left out and guilty that I wasn’t out sharing the gospel. Evidently, you had other business and arrived a few minutes late. You saw me by myself and said “Let’s go!” Off we went to sell books door-to-door in urban Detroit.

More than anything that was taught that week, you, taking a teenage kid out evangelizing with you, had a profound impact on my life. Your energy, your enthusiasm, your compassion and your patience with some of the people we talked to were inspiring to me. I came home that summer, got some of my friends together, and we began going door-to-door selling Christian books in our neighborhood. Thanks for being such an example and thanks for not being too important to give some time to a kid just out of high school.

God used you again in my life about a year later. I was a devoted Christian who was growing and being used by the Lord. But it didn’t seem like I was growing enough or being used to the degree I desired. Consequently, I was plagued by discouragement. One afternoon, when I was particularly discouraged, I received your monthly newsletter. I can’t remember what was in the letter, but I do remember that you signed it with the verse reference: John 12:24-26. I looked up the verse that talks about a grain of wheat falling into the ground and dying (that’s what I felt my life was like). And then, it simply said, “if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.” That promise, from that verse, signed at the bottom of your letter, meant the world to me. It was God’s promise to me. It was what I needed that day and, indeed, has been a source of strength and inspiration to me ever since. George, thanks for using that verse to end your letter; my life is different because of it!

Thirdly, George, let me thank you for faithfully following God all these many years. So many people start strong in the Christian life and then either walk away or lose their fire. So many commit themselves to fulfilling the Great Commission but don’t remain true to the calling. It’s so easy to do because missionary work is filled with disappointment and heartbreaks. Thank you, George, for staying on the path, for tenaciously following Christ, for having the world on your heart, for humbly accepting reproof from others, and for continuing to grow. You are an inspiration. By the grace of God, might the same be said of me when I reach your age.

I mentioned earlier that I’m sure you don’t know me (I doubt I had as memorable of an affect on you that afternoon we evangelized together in Detroit!), but let me briefly introduce myself.

My name is Tom Short. I am an itinerant preacher and evangelist with Great Commission Churches. My ministry takes me to campuses throughout the United States and, in recent years, to Europe and India as well. I still wish I was affecting more people for Christ, but each year, God uses me in the lives of thousands of people in the places I minister. I’m only 58 and believe my best years are yet ahead of me!

George, be encouraged. And keep up the good work. I’m sure I’m just one of many whom you have affected in ways you never knew and, for most, may never know this side of eternity. But God sees… and He remembers (Hebrews 6:10). And I remember, too, and so I say again, thanks for being used of God in my life.

I’ll keep my eye on your itinerary, and I would be honored to meet you, again, if our paths ever cross.

With much gratitude,

Tom Short

John 12:24-26

Daily SOAP: Make Them Remember His Deeds

SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Isaiah 12.


“And in that day you will say, “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted.” –Isaiah 12:4


People tend to forget the Lord; we are to MAKE them remember who He is. This is a command to evangelize the world!

What are the DEEDS God has done that we tend to forget and must be reminded of?

  • Creation of all that is seen and unseen
  • Jesus’ life, death and resurrection
  • Fulfilled prophecy of the nations
  • Personal prayers that He answers


Pay careful attention to the things God has done and is doing. Recognize His work, appreciate it, praise Him, and then, TELL others.


Father, You have, indeed, done wonderful things! The whole earth bears witness to Your wisdom, power, love, and goodness. Jesus bears witness to Your love, mercy and justice. It saddens me that the world robs You of this glory. It’s even sadder when believers fail to appreciate Your deeds of creation and redemption. Give me strength and wisdom to know how I can talk of You often and “make the peoples remember” that You are exalted.