SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading 2 Timothy 2.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” –2 Timothy 2:15
Diligent: exert oneself, make haste
Approve: accepted, genuine, passes the test as authentic
We must be diligent–put forth sustained and purposeful effort–in how we handle the word of God. We are not to be slothful or careless with the word.
Sloppy theology leads to a person being “not approved” by God, and it is something to “be ashamed” about.
Billy Graham says he wishes he had studied the word more. I often feel the same way. There are so many “good” distractions, but they are distractions, nonetheless.
The “degree” I seek: my ATG degree–>Approved to God.
Father, I love Your word. It is perfect in every way. But there is so much false teaching, today. Help me diligently study Your Word, know the truth and teach it with accuracy and clarity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.