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Offer All Parts to God

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Scripture – “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.” Romans 6:13

Observation – Don’t offer any part of yourself to sin instead offer every part of yourself to Him as an instrument of righteousness. Offer every part: mind, thoughts, heart, soul, body, feet, hands, mouth, eyes, sexuality, words, actions, gifts, and even weaknesses and sins. Offer it all to Him.

Application/Prayer – Father, show me how to do this. Please help me live as an instrument of righteousness not as an instrument of wickedness.

Lord, I offer to you my mind, my inner being that can’t be explained. I give to you my thoughts where it all begins. Please take my heart and soul— the essence of my being. I give to you my hands and feet; take me where you want me to go. Holy Spirit help me guard my eyes and control my tongue to your glory. Let my actions honor you. May my gifts and weaknesses be used for your purposes. I yield to you Father. I can’t do it in my strength. Please let your will be done in me. I rest in Your grace knowing Your love is unfailing.

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Change Joy to Gloom

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Scripture – “Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.” James 4:9

Observation – There’s a time to let go of joy and be dejected and gloomy. A time to be downcast. That’s when we’re convicted of our own sin. When we see our own selfishness, pride, and ugliness of heart. At that point God wants our hearts to be downcast. He wants us to humble ourselves in genuine sorrow over our sins. He doesn’t want us to be happy in sin. We’re to humble ourselves, confess and turn to Him. James also says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” v. 10

Application – My heart is heavy because of my impatience, pride, self-focus, complaining spirit, and self-indulgence. I feel weak and helpless. I want to be a loving, kind, giving woman but that’s not my natural bent. Yesterday, I pitched a terrible fit because things didn’t go my way. I let my heart be filled with grumbling, complaining, negativity, and self-focus. I know God loves me. I know my soul is secure in Jesus. My life doesn’t always show that.

Prayer – Please forgive me Lord. I can be such a mess. Please take over in my heart. Help me today to walk in Your strength. I can’t do it Lord. I need You. Please have mercy and work through me in spite of my weakness. You said when I’m weak, You’re strong. Please be strong in me. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

 

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I Have Everything I Need

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Scripture – 1 Peter 1:3-8 “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

ObservationGod has given us everything we need to live for Him. It’s all there. Even our faith is a gift from Him. We have all we need to live a godly life but our part is to make every effort. His grace doesn’t mean we have no responsibility or our own job to do. He gave us life, salvation, redemption. He has given us His Spirit in our hearts, His promises to empower us. His presence always. But we need to make every effort to add to that faith: goodness, growth, knowledge, and love so that we won’t end up ineffective and unproductive. I don’t want to waste what He has given me.

Application – Am I making every effort? Am I adding goodness by making choices I know will honor Him? Am I adding knowledge by studying His word and hiding it in my heart? Am I adding self-control by obeying what He shows me is right and by denying my flesh its self-indulgence as often as I can? Am I adding perseverance by not giving up? Am I adding godliness by seeking to love God with all my heart? Am I adding mutual affection and love by choosing to show love to those around me? I don’t want to just indulge my flesh and please myself.

Prayer – Father, help me to live for you. I can’t do this in my strength and power. I need you. Help me to use what you have given me to live a godly life. Help me to know and claim your promises that help me participate in your divine nature. Please help me make every effort to grow so that I won’t be ineffective. I love you Jesus.

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I Lack Nothing

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Jealousy filled up my heart when I saw the Facebook post. I hated the ugly thoughts that came to mind. A short time later as I was reading Scripture, God reminded me of this truth:

Scripture – “A psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” Psalm 23:1

Observation – The LORD is MY Shepherd! I lack NOTHING.

Application – Anytime I am jealous, envious, discontent, or craving, I’m believing the lie that I lack something I need. That it’s up to me to grasp, to take care of myself. Not true. The Lord God Almighty is my Shepherd. My Savior, Jesus Christ lives in me by the power of His Holy Spirit. I already have everything I need. I cannot lack. Believing I lack or believing someone else has something I don’t have but I should have or that what they have is better or that I’m deprived—it’s all a lie. I have everything I need in Him.

Prayer – Thank you Father that in You I have all I need. You are my Shepherd. I can relax by the still waters while you restore my soul. I can walk without fear through anything because You are there. My heart overflows with your love. I love you Father!

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Don’t Swallow a Camel

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Scripture – “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” Matthew 23:23-26

Observation – Jesus spoke boldly to the teachers and Pharisees. He confronted them about their hypocrisy. They claimed to be holy and righteous but it was all an outward show. God looks at our hearts. If we’re unrepentant and sinful inside, it doesn’t matter what we appear to be on the outside. Outward appearance doesn’t prove anything.

Application – It’s so easy to focus on keeping the rules, dotting the i’s of the law and yet neglect what’s most important to God. God’s looking for mercy, faithfulness, love, generosity, and justice. He’s looking for the one who loves Him and loves others sacrificially. Keeping the law doesn’t matter if our hearts are full of pride and self-indulgence. I don’t want to strain a gnat and then swallow a camel.

I’ve been there before. When I was sure not to take a drink, smoke a cigarette, have intercourse outside of marriage, cuss but inside was full of self-indulgence and pride. I was judgmental and selfish. The outward behavior doesn’t bring glory to God if it comes from a prideful heart. What brings Him glory is humility, generosity, self-sacrifice, and service given out of love@Saken53. Click to tweet

Jesus is the only hope for any of us. No one can earn grace or salvation. It’s a gift when we believe in Him. But believers can get caught up in “behavior” and neglect what’s most important–love and humility.

Prayer – Father, please cleanse my heart of selfishness and pride. I need you every minute of every day. I love you Lord. Please help me to love others as you have loved me.

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When all Seems Lost, God is Still Working


Scripture – “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.” Matthew 2:16

Observation – For the people living in Bethlehem at this time, it felt like evil had won. I’m sure it felt like God was distant and did not care. What they didn’t realize was that not far away a Savior had been born. The One had come who would redeem mankind and defeat death forever.

Application – When our eyes are on painful events around us or in our lives, it can seem like God is not there or doesn’t care. But He is always working in ways we can’t see. The answer is there, help is coming but we have to accept that by faith and trust, in His time, it will come. Those people who lost sons didn’t see or understand what was happening right then and maybe not in their lifetime. It doesn’t erase the terrible pain of the moment but trusting God does give us hope for the future. We trust He is good and He will make everything right in the end.

Prayer– Father, help me to trust you no matter what is happening around me. Please strengthen my faith and help me keep my eyes on You.

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When There Is No Fear of God

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Scripture – “The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, “When you help the Hebrew women give birth, observe them as they deliver. If the child is a son, kill him; but it it is a daughter, let her live. The midwives, however, feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live.” Exodus 1:15-17

Observation – Jacob’s son, Joseph, had become second in power in Egypt and because of this was able to save all the Israelites during a time of famine. He brought them all to live in Egypt. But, generations later, he was forgotten and the people were enslaved. Because they continued to flourish and grow in spite of slavery, the king demanded the midwives kill all baby boys as they were born. The midwives did not comply because they “feared God”. They knew God is Sovereign and that such acts were abominable to Him.

Application – In our country today, it’s been decided that it’s okay to kill full-term babies (there’s nothing new under the sun). Oh, they say only for the “health” of the mother even though there’s never a time when its necessary to kill a full-term baby in order to save the mother. The abortionist can decide it’s necessary for her mental health (she doesn’t want to be a mom, she can’t afford to have a baby, on and on), or physical or just about any way he or she wants to interpret “health”. There’s obviously no fear (awe, reverence, honour) of God. What astounds me is that anyone would want to live in a world where it’s ok to kill babies.

There will be women and girls coerced into killing their babies by parents, husbands, boyfriends, and pimps as has always been true in many cases and those women will be the ones who will never be the same.

This is not a triumph for women. It’s another case of women as victims.

Women deceived. Babies murdered. Jesus help us.

Prayer – Father, please help the women who will be deceived and drawn into this act. Have mercy on them Lord. Please convict those who want to profit from killing babies. And please receive all these precious little ones into your kingdom. Lord, please let the gospel spread and come soon Jesus.

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