S – “For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14
O – When Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins, that was a one time offering. Unlike the animal sacrifices (which had no power and only served as a picture of what was to come), the sacrifice of Jesus was a one time offering that perfected those being sanctified (all believers in Jesus) forever. Forever!
A – I believe in Jesus Christ. I know He lived a perfect life, died for me, rose again, and will return one day. Because I believe in His offering, I am perfected forever! My sins are washed away. When I sin now (and I will sin as long as I’m in this flesh), those sins are already paid for. My eternal future is secure in His hands and no one can take me away from Him. Because I believe in Him, His Spirit lives in me and He is working to sanctify me. To make me more like Jesus. I will be a work in progress until the day I see Jesus in heaven. These things are true for all who will believe in Him.
P – Father, thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus! Thank you that I belong to you. Please open the eyes of anyone who reads these words so they will believe in you.
SOAP Bible Study method
S – “…These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” Isaiah 66:2
O – Humans may think in terms of impressing God with their great sacrifices or righteous lives but He looks for the one who is humble and contrite (literally means lame in the feet; dejected) and who trembles at His word (who is reverent and acknowledges the holiness of God). Who am I to stand before a holy God? Contrite in spirit – lame in spirit as lame in the feet. Being lame brings humility. To be humble before God is to acknowledge that He is great and I am not; He is holy and all-powerful; I am at His mercy. Yes, in Christ and because of Christ we come boldly to the throne but still in humility. Still acknowledging that apart from His holiness, we deserve death.
A – Do I tremble at His word? Do I realize the amazing gift it is that our Holy, Perfect God would allow me to read His Word? Because of Jesus, I who am a sinner, I who am unclean can come to my Father wrapped in the Holiness and Purity of Jesus Christ. That is the best news ever! Praise His holy name.
P – Father, please cleanse my heart of any arrogance and pride. I stand before you covered by the grace of the Lord Jesus but apart from Him I am a sinner, impure, unclean, unworthy. Please help me walk with a humble and contrite spirit. Help me to always tremble at your word.
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“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.” Psalm 36:7-9
Do we realize how precious His steadfast love is? Imagine not having that! We take refuge under His wings just as eaglets take shelter under their mom’s wings to protect them from rain, storm, or sun. He gives us a feast in our soul. He lets us drink from His river of delights, His truth. Only in His light do we see light. Apart from Him there is darkness.
My Lord’s love for me is steadfast and precious. His love is worth more than anything. He is my refuge. Only in His light—His Word, His presence, His Spirit—do I see light. If I look for light apart from Him, I will only find darkness. I won’t see.
Jesus, open my eyes to see true light. You are precious to me Lord. Your love is everything to me. Thank you for hiding me under your wings.
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Beach Epiphany | Kim Chipman
S~ “Concerning this Temple you are building, if you keep all my decrees and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father, David. I will live among the Israelites and will never abandon my people Israel.” 1 Kings 6:12-13 (NIV)
O~ The purpose of the temple was for God’s presence to be with the Israelites all the time. God…
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