SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading 1 Timothy 6.
“O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”–which some have professed and gone astray from the faith.” –1 Timothy 6:20-21
We have a treasured, vital message entrusted to us that we must guard–protect, assure that it is passed on accurately without distortion.
Worldly, empty talk makes it difficult to guard the message and pass it on.
There is certain “knowledge” out there which is actually deception and untrue. It leads us astray from faith/trust in the Lord.
I, too, have a RESPONSIBILITY to pass on Scriptural truth in a way that is pure and accurate. I must guard the gospel, understanding of the New Testament church, who we are in Christ, our eternal value system, etc.
There is so much attack on our faith and way of life. I must have clear Scriptural support for what the Bible teaches, defend it from false teaching and pass it on. Apply myself to this. Be absorbed in the Bible!
Father, I love You, Your ways, and Your word. Might I study it carefully and teach it accurately. Be glorified whenever I teach Your word.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.