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SOAP~Careless Words




Scripture~
  • Matthew 12:36~ "But I tell you that men will have to give an account on the day of judgement for every careless word they have spoken."
Observation~
  • EVERY careless word will require an explanation to God!
Application~
  • Basically I need to watch what I say. I need to make sure that the words coming out of my mouth are those that build others up, not tear them down. My words should bring life, not death. I need to memorize more scripture so that it is in my heart and out of the abundance of my heart my mouth will speak. (Matthew 12:34b)
Prayer~
  • Thank You Lord for my mouth. Thank You for the power my mouth has. Please help me to use it for You. Please remind me to speak words that bring life. I know that one day You will ask me about all the careless words I have spoken and why. I want that list of words to be short. Please forgive me for the thousands of careless words I have already spoken and help me be more picky about what comes out of my mouth. I love You so much!
Be Blessed!!


SOAP ~ When God Saw



Scripture~


  • When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened. ~Jonah 3:10


Observation~


  • God was planning on doing bad things to Nineveh but when he saw them change, his mind changed as well.


Application~


  • What are the things in my life that are causing me to be punished? Are there consequences that I'm experiencing because of my evil ways? The key is for God to see me change. "When God saw...he had compassion." God loves me so. He doesn't want to see me suffer. However, a lot of what goes on in my life is just a natural consequence of bad behavior. Touch a hot stove, I'm going to get burned. Natural consequence. God says don't do X or Y will happen yet I still choose X and cry when he gives me Y. Well, he told me what was going to happen but I didn't listen. I need to be careful and proactive. I need to pay careful attention to what I'm doing. If it's wrong, change and the Lord will have compassion.


Prayer~


  • Thank you Lord for your deep love for me. Thank you for your compassion. Father please forgive my sins. Help me turn from my evil ways. Please have compassion and mercy on me. Show me the areas where I need to change and help me do so . Please help me be proactive in my fight against the devil. Show me what I can do offensively to block the enemy's attacks. I love you and want to live for you only. In Jesus precious Name, Amen.




SOAP ~ Never Stop Praying



Scripture~


  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17~ ...pray without ceasing...

Observation~


  • Pretty simple...NEVER STOP PRAYING!

Application~


  • Ok, so my observation sounds simple enough but how do I actually not stop praying? Well praying isn't always getting alone with God, on my knees, with tears pouring down my face. Granted sometimes it is and that's good but to put it simply, prayer is just talking to God. When Paul says pray without ceasing it just means to carry on a conversation with Him throughout my day. Imagine your best friend being at your house everyday but you never say a word to her. Or maybe you do say a few things but it's only first thing in the morning for exactly 30 minutes. You set the timer or watch the clock, then you don't say another word to her the rest of the day. She's still there, she still talks to you and helps you out and loves you but you don't acknowledge her until the next morning. Chances are you wouldn't treat another human that way. We shouldn't treat God that way. Thank Him for a new day when you get up. Tell Him how good the coffee smells. Ask Him to bless your meals. Ask Him for your favorite parking place at Walmart then thank Him for it when you get it. Ask Him what flavor of yogurt to get when you can't decide between the 140 choices they give you. Yes, He wants to be that involved in your life! Big things, little things, and everything in between. We don't always have big important things to pray about. Why would the Bible say to never stop praying if God didn't care about EVERYTHING in my life?

Prayer~


  • Thank you Lord for Your Word and the promises in it. Thank You for the reminder  to pray without ceasing. Thank You for the concern You have for every area of my life. Please give me gentle reminders throughout the day to talk to You. Please don't let me forget that You are always near and that You desire to have that close relationship with me. I love You so much. In Jesus Name, amen!

What are some ways that you pray?  Do you stop praying or are you good about keeping open communication with God all day?


SOAP ~ Deeply in love with God



Scripture~


  • Psalm 63:1~O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Observation~


  • David was a man deeply in love with the Lord. He knew how necessary God was to his soul and body. He seems almost beautifully desperate for something only God can give.

Application~


  • Get deep in the Word. The Word is God (John 1:1). Read, read, read. Learn and fill up on the bread of life (John 6:35). Read and fill up on the living waters (John 4:10). Partake of the only food that satisfies but leaves me yearning for more and more (Matthew 4:4). Make that time every day to dine with my Love (Revelation 3:20).

Prayer~


  • Thank you Sweet Savior for your love. Thank you for another day. Thank you for the yearning deep in my soul for you. Please help me focus on you and you alone. Please help me make time daily, hourly if needed, to eat and drink of your living word. My whole being longs to be filled with more and more of you. Please remind me that that void is for you and you alone. Satisfy me with your love. You are so worthy and I am so grateful to be yours. I love you. In Jesus name, Amen.



Let's talk...do you yearn for God the way David did?  What could you do differently to make your relationship with the Father better/stronger.  Tell me about it in the comments. 


SOAP ~ Doing Good

Forever In The Kitchen~Reap your harvest!


Scripture~


  • Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  ~Galatians 6:9


Observation~


  • Don't stop doing what is good.  I will reap what I have sown, in God's timing, as long as I don't give up.


Application~


  • Sometimes it's hard to keep doing and keep doing and keep doing what I know is right when everything seems to be going wrong around me.  Sometimes I start to wonder if what I'm doing IS right because I'm not seeing these promises fulfilled, not seeing my harvest come in.  It's in these vulnerable times that the devil tries to work on me.  he'll tell me to stop doing all these things the Word tells me to do because I'm not seeing any results.  That's the exact moment when I need to stand firm and press on.  It might not look like things are going to turn out ok but looking back I can see that they always have.  God is always there, always here.  I need to rest in the fact that God knows the proper time for my harvest to come in, not me.  I just need to make sure I'm doing good, the best I know how, and just keep on keeping on.  Then my harvest will be great.


Prayer~


  • Thank you Lord for encouraging me this morning to keep doing good.  Thank you that when I feel like giving up you are right there with your Word to give me some truth to hang on to.  Please help me persevere.  Help me keep doing the good and right things your Word says to do.  Help me to put my trust in you to know the right time to bring in my harvest.  I love you so much Lord and I thank you for taking care of me.


Tell me I'm not alone.  Tell me I'm not the only person who wonders if doing the right thing is really worth it at times.  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.


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The Sword Of The Spirit


     As a soldier, I can put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:11).  I can get dressed all nice and feel safe.  The devil might will attack me and I might stumble a bit but won't be completely brought down because of my protection, my armor.  In this way I will live a mostly safe life.  But will I live a victorious life (Psalm 60:12)?  Can I live a victorious life without using my weapon?

     Sure, I can stand there and take the punches because I'm wearing my helmet, my breastplate, and my belt.  I even have my shield up.  But if I don't use my sword, the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17b), what's to stop the devil from coming back again and again?  




     No soldier ever won a battle by just standing there and being firmly planted.  Soldiers, especially in God's army, have to fight back.  Not with screaming or crying or fit throwing, but with the Word of God, the only weapon I've been given, the only weapon I need, which is sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).  That was all Jesus needed, all he used, when He was tempted in the wilderness.  Three times He said, "It is written..." (Luke 4:4, 8, 12).  If that's all Jesus needed then it's all I need.  But I have to learn how to use it.  

     No soldier ever went into battle with a sword or gun that he had never seen or touched before.  (Ok, maybe a few have but you know what I mean.)  Soldiers are trained.  They learn their weapon and how to use it effectively.  We as Christians need to learn our Weapon, the Word.  We need to spend time with it, to learn what it says about fighting the devil, and plant those verses deep within our hearts so that when the time comes the Holy Spirit can bring them to our memory (John 14:26) and we can use them against satan's attacks.  Oh and attack he will.  

     Are you ready?  Do you know, really know, your weapon?  Do you have any verses memorized so that when the time comes you can fight back, stab the devil with God's Sword?




     I feel convicted to start memorizing Scripture.  I don't want to be caught off guard, just standing there with my armor on but with no weapon in my hand, in my heart.  

     Won't you join me?  What are some of your favorite verses that you have committed to memory?  What are some ways that you use to memorize scripture?  I'd love fresh ideas to help me out on this journey.  Please share!!