S – “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2
O – Paul is giving instructions to believers to live a godly life and please God. Here he tells us to keep our minds set on what is above.
A – “Set your minds” – What you think about – this implies that we have a choice. We can choose what we think about, what we set our minds on. As hard as it might seem and it isn’t easy, we do have a choice. We should think about “things that are above.” What is above? Jesus, our Father, heaven, eternity, all who have gone before us, all those who will join us there, God’s will, eternal rewards, all the promises of God, His Word which will last forever. Not on things of the earth: what is temporal, material things, sin, pain, sorrow, temporary pleasures, money, earthly gain and power, problems and worries, physical limitations, pride, selfish gain. Is it possible to never think about those things? Of course not. But to “set” my mind says to me that which I think about the most. The channel I set my radio to. My default setting. What I always go back to. I need to make things that are above my default setting for my mind. Yes, I will think about earthly things and I need to at times but my goal is to always bring my mind back to what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
P – Please help me, Lord. Help me to set my mind on you, on your truth, on eternity. Help me to train my mind to always come back to truth. Thank you that because of your Holy Spirit, that is possible. I love you Jesus.
SOAP Bible Study Method
S – “Enoch walked with God, and was not, for God took him.” Genesis 5:24
“By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.” Hebrews 11:5
“…Noah walked with God.” Genesis 6:9b “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.” v. 8
O – Both Noah and Enoch “walked with God” and both found favor in His eyes. God was pleased with them. Why? Because they walked with Him. They fellowshipped with Him. They had a relationship with God. Their faith pleased God.
A – Am I walking with God? Yes, I believe in Him, I believe His word, I know He is real, and my heart belongs to Him. But do I walk with Him or do I go my merry way? Do I do what is convenient, easy or fits my mood or do I follow the leading of His Spirit even if it is inconvenient, painful or requires sacrifice?
Walk with. Follow. He leads. I walk with Him but I turn when He turns. I stop when He stops. He sets the pace.
P – Jesus, I want to follow you this way. I want to turn from setting my own pace and stopping when I want. Dear Spirit, help me yield. Help me listen and follow.
My word for 2017: FOLLOW
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S – “And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, ‘I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.’ When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’” Exodus 3:2-4 (ESV)
O – When God wanted to speak to Moses, He used a bush.
A – If God can use a common desert bush to show His glory, He can use me. I feel like I’m no more than a bush. I can’t do anything on my own. I continually fail. I can’t make myself spiritual, holy or good. If any good comes from me, it’s only when His Spirit is at work in me.
P – Lord, please use me. Show your glory in my life. I can’t do it Lord. I can’t even be good. I’m not even a nice person. I’m selfish, impatient, rude, timid. I’m like a bush, just sitting there. Please be glorified in my life in spite of me. Help me to hear your call and answer as Moses did, “Here I am.” Only, help me obey without question.
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Today is the last day of 2015.
The end of another year of reading through the Bible with the SOAP method. His written Word is our daily food, it’s alive and powerful. It’s not like any other book every written. It’s inspired by the Holy Spirit and every word is true.
Here are my SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) journal notes for this last day of 2015 as we finish the book of Revelation:
Anyone Who Wishes
S – “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:17
O – After reading about those who will be outside of heaven and will not be allowed in, what wonderful words! Anyone who wishes, ANYONE who desires the water of life is welcome! Those who stay outside are those who choose to do so, those who refuse to come, who refuse to believe or repent. Jesus invites all who want His gift, to come in.
A – I am so thankful that I know Jesus. I am so thankful that He loves me and welcomes me into His kingdom. I can do absolutely nothing on my own. I am a helpless, wandering sheep without Him.
P – Jesus, thank you for giving me the water of life. I do wish. I do want that free gift and I have received it! Please take all that I am and use me for your glory.
Please join me as we start a new year reading through the Bible tomorrow! There are various reading plans that fit whatever your needs are. You can choose from a snack, meal or a feast. Find a journal, a notebook or use an online journal as I do to record your insights. God’s written Word changes our hearts and our lives when we mediate on it and choose to obey. Please comment below if you have any questions. You can also follow along with others as we read at Discover One Thing.
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Do you ever wonder what is the one thing that is most important in life? What should I be focused on? Luke 10:38-42 tells us about a time when Jesus pointed out what is most important:
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (emphasis mine) (NLT)
What was the “one thing” that Jesus referred to? Mary was focused on sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to what He had so say. Spending time with Jesus was most important to her. That is still the “one thing” that is the most important thing we can do each day. We may not be able to physically sit at the feet of Jesus but we can spend time with Him each day in prayer and Bible reading. But many people struggle with how to study the Bible. What do I read? How can I be consistent? How does God “speak to you” in the Bible? Some friends and I have found a tool for readying the Bible that helps make daily reading and application a part of everyday life. We have created a blog where you can go for help and guidance in “discovering one thing.” Please go to the blog, read about the SOAP daily reading method and starting January 1st we will be posting some of our SOAP notes each day to help each other learn. Please join us at DiscoverOneThing!
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