My daily journaling from God’s Word. SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading 1 Thessalonians 1.
“For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction, just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.” –1 Thessalonians 1:5
The gospel is powerful when it comes with a life transformed by the Holy Spirit. We must preach with conviction. When peached without power and conviction, it lacks power.
So often today, the gospel goes out in weakness–presented as merely an option to consider without the full conviction that it is the truth–presented by people whose lives don’t demonstrate a powerful God because their lives haven’t been changed.
Preach with Power. Speak as if I really know this to be true. Speak with Authority–not mine, but God’s! Let my radically changed life be seen.
Father, You have radically transformed my life. Let the students see what You have done. As I consider what You’ve done, deepen my conviction and the power with which I speak and preach. Your word is true and is much more than just a suggestion; let me proclaim it with authority, speaking the very utterances of God!
For your glory and in the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.