This Sunday 17 January, 2021 Advent
Psalm 139: 7-10
"7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast"
The SOAP program is as simple as this. You receive a verse of scripture via a text message on your mobile phone.
S stands for scripture…
you take the time to read the verse…allowing God to speak to you.
O stands for observation .
What sticks your attention as you read that verse…. what is God actually trying to say to you as an individual/? You may ask the Holy Spirit to teach you, you may paraphrase the verse writing it down in your own words in a journal or just keeping it in your heart.
A stands for Application.
The next step is asking yourself what this actually means to you and how does this verse apply to you right now. Perhaps it is encouragement, instruction, revelation or a new promise for your life or the life of someone close to you. Perhaps it gives guidance and correction in an area of your life that troubles you.
P stands for prayer…
Prayer can be as simple as asking God to help you use the scripture in your life, or it may be a greater insight into what He is already revealing to you. Remember prayer is a two way conversation and you must be sure to listen to what God is saying to you. Then perhaps you will have an opportunity to pass that simple scripture text message onto someone else.
Our SOAP messages are mainly drawn from the Uniting Church Lectionary readings each week
These weekly verses from the bible are collated and sent by a congregation member for the SOAP program – feel free to share them with others!
"9. At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
[To subscribe to SOAP devotional texts or to provide feedback or your personal reflections, email: firstname.lastname@example.org ]
I pray you will be blessed each week as participate in this personal time of study and reflection until we are able to meet again as a family of believers.