SOAP Guides

THIS WEEK'S DEVOTIONS

Monday

Ephesians 6:10-18 (click to read)
- What tempts you to see people as the enemy and not Satan and his forces? How would you treat people differently if you saw deceived people as hostages of the enemy and not the enemy?
- What piece of God’s armor for you are you missing (or is weak)? What practical step can you take to put on this armor?

Tuesday

1 Peter 5:5-11 (8-11)  (click to read)
- What connection do you see between pride and anxiety? How can pride distract followers of Jesus from what the devil is doing to devour you?
- Are you more prone to rely on your strengths or to lean on God’s grace? How do these work together to help you stand firm in the faith, even during hard times?

Wednesday

Matthew 4:1-11 (click to read)
- If Satan were to tempt you, which of these would be weaknesses for you: fear of physical needs not being met, not trusting God to keep you safe, feeling inadequate, powerless, and insignificant?
- How is Satan tempting you and using this/these against you?
- What can you learn from Jesus’ example?

Thursday

Romans 16:17-20 (click to read)
- How might division and putting obstacles to following Jesus and his truth be unwittingly partnering with Satan? What might that look like in a local church?
- Does it feel too harsh to “keep away from” people who do these things?
- How do obedience, wisdom, and innocence work together in defeating Satan in your life?

Friday

Ephesians 6:19-24 (click to read)
- How can you remind yourself to pray for those who share the good news about Jesus, for them to speak fearlessly?
- How does hearing about what other followers of Jesus are doing to spread the good news, extend peace, love, faith, and grace encourage you? How can you encourage others to share their story with you? How might you share your story with others in the next week?

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What is SOAP?

SOAP is a method of interacting with Scripture that helps us listen to God and become more like Jesus. Using a daily journal for your SOAP discoveries is very helpful. Begin by praying that the Holy Spirit will guide your thoughts, help you understand the Scripture you are reading, and apply it to your life.

Scripture – Read the text. You might read through slowly, more than once and in more than one version.

Observation – Write down what you see. What is interesting to you in this Scripture? What did you learn? What is the topic or main idea? What catches your attention?

Application – Look for ways that you can apply the Scripture to your own life. What will it look like to live as if it is true? How will you let it change you? How does it challenge your thoughts, attitudes, behavior?

Prayer – Respond to God in prayer. Use the Scripture to guide you. Prayerfully think about what you read and. Commit to following God’s leading and ask the Holy Spirit to help you live out what you have found.