Daily SOAP: Sons of God

SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Galatians 3.

Scripture

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” –Galatians 3:26

Observation

All who have faith in Jesus are sons of God. There is not a hierarchy among God’s children.

Only those who have faith in Jesus are sons of God. The Bible does not teach that all are sons of God. Some are sons of the devil (Matthew 13:38, 1 John 3:10, John 8:44). A person becomes a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ (John 1:12-13, 1 John 3:1, Romans 8:14-16).

Application

Teach these important truths: 1) Honor all members of the body as sons/daughters of God. 2) Urge people to join the family of God. Inform them that they are not currently His children, but they can become part of His family.

Prayer

Father, thank you for making me part of Your family–for making me one of Your sons. I pray that I will honor each fellow believer as being a son as well. Help me evangelize and work diligently in Your heaven to bring others Your family through faith in Jesus Christ.

For His glory, I ask these things,
Amen.

Daily SOAP: Faith Unleashes God’s Power

SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Galatians 3.

Scripture

“So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?” Galatians 3:5

Observation

God works in response to faith in Him. The implication here is that “works of the Law” (i.e., my ability to live a certain way and do good things) don’t impress God. Faith gets His attention. Faith unleashes His power.

Application

History shows God is willing to use deeply flawed people if they believe Him. He is transforming us to the image of Christ, and this is important. But this, too, is done by faith in Him rather than my self-effort.

GROW IN FAITH!
BELIEVE GOD!
BELIEVE HIS WORD!–HIS PROMISES AND HIS COMMANDS!
Test Him and PROVE Him every day!!

Prayer

Father, thank you for Your ways. Thank you that You choose to honor and respond to FAITH! Make me a man of faith! Forgive me for the pride that trusts in myself–my experience, my wisdom, my knowledge, my character, my money, etc. I trust You!! Show Your power in me and through me, I pray, and be glorified by doing so, I ask.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Daily SOAP: Divine Weapons to Destroy Strongholds

SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading 2 Corinthians 10.

Scripture

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” –2 Corinthians 10:3-4

Observation

Our weapons are to destroy fortresses–demonic strongholds

We are at war. We must clearly identify the enemy and ATTACK his strongholds.

We have the weapons of God, and we must use them rather than the weapons of man. We are to fight differently than the world.

Application

Divine weapons: Prayer, God’s word, Faith, righteous living/integrity, love, humility.
Worldly weapons: intimidation, manipulation, money, politics, deception, guns, etc.
Strongholds to destroy: bitterness, hatred, sexual immorality, homosexuality, pornography, pride, love of money, scientism, intellectual pride, drugs, alcohol, narcissism, ungodly music and entertainment, evolution, false religion, self-righteousness.

Prayer

Father, thank You for giving me/the church mighty weapons to fight the devil and liberate captives. Forgive me for times I’ve resorted to worldly weapons. Make me highly skilled in using Your weapons and might I destroy demonic strongholds for Your glory. Amen.

Daily SOAP: The Judgment Seat of Christ

SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading 2 Corinthians 5.

Scripture

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” –2 Corinthians 5:10

Observation

All of us–believer and unbeliever–will be judged by Jesus Christ. He is a worthy Judge for He faced the same tests and temptations as we do. It is at this time that we will be rewarded or recompensed. Our judgment will be based on what we have done “in the body.” There may be no further opportunity to gain reward after this life.

Ambition: a strong desire to do or achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.

Application

I will see this day, again, at the judgment seat of Christ. Live in light of that day. How? By making it my AMBITION to please the Lord.

Prayer

Father, help me today to keep the finish line in sight–to remember that I will one Day stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Please deepen my ambition to please You and guard me from competing ambitions that would rob You of glory and rob me of eternal reward.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily SOAP: Integrity = Credibility

SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading 2 Corinthians 1.

Scripture

“For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.” –2 Corinthians 1:12

Observation

Paul’s credibility and confidence sprang from his integrity–living consistent with what he claimed to be true. It was not the worldly accolades many seek and trust in, but the power of God evidenced in a charged life.

Application

Walk the walk. So many believers don’t practice what they preach, or they dumb down scripture to make it within their reach in their own flesh. My integrity is one of my greatest assets. It can be gone in a minute, so carefully guard it.

Prayer

Father, thank You that Your ways are different from the world’s ways. You look deep within and then transform us from the inside out. Thank you that I’ll never be tempted beyond what I can endure and for your Spirit which strengthens me to walk the walk 24/7.

Amen.

Daily SOAP: Ignorant of Satan’s Schemes

SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading 2 Corinthians 2.

Scripture

“So that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.” –2 Corinthians 2:11

Observation

Satan does take advantage of people. He is the enemy of our soul–he is no one’s friend. We are to battle him and seek his demise. To battle properly and win, we’d better be aware of his schemes and strategies.

Application

I’m afraid most people–including most Christians–don’t understand Satan’s schemes. We continually yield to temptation, divide from those who can help us, get too busy to pray, neglect God’s word, hold grudges, listen to gossip, etc–all things satan uses to take advantage of us.

Prayer

Father, thank You that I have the victory in Christ. Satan has no power to take advantage of me unless I give it to him. Help me be spiritually alert to his schemes, resist him and walk in victory over his EVERY attempt to defeat me.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily SOAP: No Temptation Without Way of Escape

SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading 1 Corinthians 10.

Scripture

“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” –1 Corinthians 10:13

Observation

  • My temptations and trials are not unique.
  • God will always provide a way out. I never have to give into temptation.
  • My way of escape is based on God’s faithfulness.

Application

I never HAVE to sin. Many people believe they are victims of their circumstances–that they have no choice but to sin. This is not true. A faithful God will always provide a way if I’ll but look for it.

Prayer

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness in my life. You are always there and always providing the strength and direction I need. Forgive me for the times I’m hesitant to walk that path. Sometimes it’s difficult, risky and scary. But it is the path of peace and the highway of holiness. Into that path might I always walk.

Amen.

Daily SOAP: Tolerating A Little Leaven

SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading 1 Corinthians 5.

Scripture

“Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?” –1 Corinthians 5:6

Observation

The Corinthians tolerated sexual immorality in their midst. They didn’t deal with sin. Paul didn’t call this “compassion,” he called it “boasting” that was not good.

A little leaven spreads through the whole lump of dough, likewise, as little sin spreads and defiles the whole body.

Application

Sin can not be ignored. It defiles the whole church. I so often hear believers talk of sin as if it’s no big deal, and we all sin all the time. But this refers to obvious, blatant, public sin. If we tolerate that, the church will be defiled.

Prayer

Father, I am grateful that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. Jesus is my only hope of salvation. But He also calls me to holy living. The lack of holiness is defiling and weakening Your church. Help me to be holy without becoming a Pharisee. And help me to teach accurately and inspire others to holiness as well. And when necessary, help me confront sin with courage and compassion.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Daily SOAP: Unity Through Exalting Christ

SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading 1 Corinthians 4.

Scripture

“Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.” –1 Corinthians 4:1-2

Observation

People had been boasting as “being of Paul,” Cephas or others. Paul simply wanted to be known as “servants of Christ.” He wanted believers UNITED around Jesus, not DIVIDED around men’s philosophy of ministry or other things that wrongly divide, today. What mattered was to be a faithful steward of God’s Truth.

Application

Men boast in titles and their achievements. Paul boasted in serving Christ. He didn’t live for his own glory but the glory of Another. God desires unity, and unity will come as we all are deeply committed to exalting Jesus Christ.

Prayer

Father, You want Your children united in the body of Your Son–Jesus Christ. Might I never divide Your church but unite it to glorify Jesus.
My greatest honor and accolade is that I’m a servant of Christ!
Might this always be my greatest boast!

In Jesus’ name and for His glory, Amen.

Daily SOAP: Whose on the Throne of My Life?

SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Revelation 4.

Scripture

“[They] will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne…” Revelation 4:10

Observation

It is Jesus who sits on the throne.
He is to be worshipped for He alone is worthy (vs. 11) He is worthy because HE created all things (note: all things did not evolve naturally).
We wil cast our crowns before His throne.

Application

I’m struck with how two words come together in this verse: “throne” and “worship.”
Part of worship is to recognize and practically live in the reality that Jesus is on the throne of God. As such, He should also be on the throne of my life as well. If I usurp His authority and place myself on the throne of my life, I can’t call myself a worshipper of God.

Prayer

Father, I confess my human tendency to displace the rightful position of Jesus on the throne of my life. It’s subtle, and I usually don’t recognize when I do it. I ask You to make me spiritually aware and sensitive to times I usurp Your kingship because, deep in my soul, I believe You are the King, and I honestly desire for You to have full authority and kingship in my life!

For Your glory, I pray.  Amen.