One of the most impactful things that I do on a daily basis is to study God’s Word. Without consistent time in the Bible, I find it so difficult to stay on track with what God has called me to do and who He has called me to be.
Last year, I read through the Bible chronologically. If you are interested in doing the same, you can read more about that here.
I enjoyed reading through the entire Bible because it gave me a clearer picture of the Bible as a whole. I now know how the story unfolds as God planned it. If you’ve never taken the time to read through the whole Bible, I encourage you to do it at least once in your life.
This year I wanted to focus in on short passages of the Bible that would help me in my daily life. A few years ago I stumbled upon a website that offered a plan that would help you read through the Bible in 90 days. Another aspect of that plan called for using the SOAP method to journal about what we read everyday. You can read more about that here.
As 2014 came to a close, and I began considering how I wanted to read the Bible this year, I decided to use the SOAP method. Let me give you a brief summary of how it works.
S – Scripture – Read the passage for the day and choose one or two verses to write out.
O – Observation – Write down what stands out to you in those verses. Take note of any promises, commands, or instruction you find in the verses.
A – Application – What is God saying to you through these verses? How can you apply them to your life? Are there any changes you need to make in your life because of what you’ve read?
P – Prayer – Pray and ask God to help you apply what you’ve learned. Confess any sin that was revealed and commit to turn from that sin.
This month I’ve been using devotionals from Missions Mosaic magazine. They have a chapter to read and then verses to focus on. I don’t always use the suggested focus verses, though. Sometimes the Holy Spirit guides me to other verses in the chapter that are more applicable to my life.
I will probably continue to use those devotionals some this year, but I plan to also incorporate other devotional or Bible study resources. The goal is to stay in God’s Word and continue to learn and put into practice what is being revealed to me each day.
This method does not need any fancy tools to do it. Just a notebook, pen, and Bible are all you really need. You do not even need any devotional guide. You can choose to study a chapter a day from one book of the Bible. The SOAP method really is versatile.
Right now I am using a planner from Yellow Paper House to record my entries.
I keep this journal in my Chic Sparrow notebook. I have other journals in this notebook that I’ll share with you later.
I hope this will inspire you to study God’s Word more in depth this year.
Leave a comment below and share what you are doing to study the Bible this year.