S – “I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 7:35
“But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16
O – Ruth is an example of devotion. She was devoted to Naomi and was determined to be faithful to her to death. Paul was writing to the Corinthians about matters concerning relationships and living in this world but I think his point is we are to live with undivided devotion to the Lord. Whatever else we do or whatever relationships we have, it should not take us from our undivided devotion to the Lord. He is first. We should say like Ruth, “wherever you lead, I will follow.”
A – Do I have undivided devotion to the Lord? I can’t say I do. I’m distracted by so many things. People, possessions, life. How do I get to where nothing can take me from my devotion to my Lord. How do I deal with the world as if I had no dealings with it? (v.31) The NLT says to “not become attached” to the things of the world. The original word means to not use it much or excessively. To not use fully or overuse. I guess it means to not be obsessed with this world. To not look to the things of the world as what we need to be happy and fulfilled. God wants us to see Him, to know Him as the primary source of all our needs. He is all we need to survive and be happy.
P – Father, please show me how to live in this world and deal with the world yet stay detached from the world. Will you show me or give me an example? Please be my strength. I am so grateful for your love and grace. But I want to be like Ruth and say that I will follow you no matter what to the death. You are the source of all I need Jesus! I love you!
SOAP Bible reading 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
Do you need a Bible Study guide? Start the new year with SOAP
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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