For centuries, people have been trying to decode the Bible. Scholars spend lifetimes poring over the minutiae of the Scriptures.
But is that all it is for? The Scriptures have always been God's revealed Word to humankind. And since the advent of the printing press, more and more people have availed themselves of the knowledge of Scripture.
One of the most sacred purposes of the Bible is an ancient practice known as Lectio Divina. The Lectio Divina, or Divine Reading of Scripture is not a practice that makes everyone feels comfortable. In fact, it can be as daunting as any of the advanced disciplines.
But most everyone can read Scripture prayerfully. That is exactly what SOAP is all about.
As we read God's words, we begin to see how God responds to things. Doing daily devotions re-patterns the way we think and transforms the spirit of the mind. Then when we face similar situations as Jesus did, we begin to respond in the same way. We begin to understand that His words always build, strengthen, affirm, and give life.
Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It's also a useful tool to use at a later time, to reflect on and review some of the 'gems' that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! And while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your small group or mentors. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight and even encourage others.
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