I love studying God’s word. And I have become, a big fan of the SOAP method for listening and recording what I hear during my daily Bible study time, whether it is lengthy as what I might read when following the Bible in 90 Days plan or as short as a Bible in one year plan. Regardless, I love too, being able to keep my thoughts, God’s revelations and words for me, in a place and way, where I can go back to them when I may be forgetting or drifting away a bit. I can then, easy remember and see what the Lord has already done.
I like to start my day by seeking God, His blessing and His will for my day using a little bit of SOAP.
This is the kind of S.O.A.P that can cleanse and refresh, renew and make shine, my love and dedication to God. It helps me connect with Him and His word. It reminds me to take up my cross, crucify my flesh. Every day.
So, what is this SOAP?
It is an way to read through the Bible, pray and wait on, hear, meditate, on what His might be speaking to you.
All you need to do it is your Bible, a notebook, pen (highlighters help too) and about 20 minutes each day, depending on the passage you are reading. Of course if you need more time, definitely take it. After all, some days and some passages really speak to us more than others. Some days there is a bit more we need; maybe we are hearing Him more clearly – we don’t want to walk away in that case. Don’t let time in His word ever be a thing you check off of a list. 🙂
So here’s what I do:
Pray, asking God to guide me through His Word and clear my mind of distractions.
Read the passage and find the one thing I believe God is telling me that morning. Then I journal about it using the acrostic SOAP as a guide.
S: Scripture– Write the ONE scripture that I feel God is using to speak to me in today’s reading
O: Observation– What might He be telling me with that scripture?
A: Application– How can I or should I apply it to my life?
P: Prayer– What is my prayer seeking God in helping me to apply this truth to my life?
When I am finished, I look back over the entry and come up with a short title and write it on the top of the page. Then I go back to the front of my journal and log the title. This way, I can easily look back and find the messages God has sent me.
As you try this out, feel free to get as detailed as you like, but simple answers are perfectly acceptable. This journal is only between you and God and whomever else you may want to share it with, no need to try to impress. Just write from your heart. And try your best to really listen to Him. Clear your mind and listen. Then write.
I love this method and believe it is a blessing to any study or reading format to help you go one step deeper and really listen to what God might have to say to you through your reading. And by logging your entries, it will be a snap to look back later on and see what you have learned. 🙂
To be completely honest with you there are some days that simply write on my study guide…..you don’t have to but you sure can. Just take it one day at a time, write as you respond to God. Draw near to HIM and He will draw near to you. There is so much that He has for every one of us when we truly seek Him through His Word.
The most important ingredients in the S.O.A.P. method is YOUR interaction with God’s Word and your APPLICATION of His Word for YOUR life.
Do come and dig deeper into God’s Word and the Book of Esther.
“I have a feeling that we would have revival in our churches if all true believers dared to live what the Bible teaches.”