Join us in October as we do a 31-day theme study in God’s promises from the Bible. Shannon from the Sweet Blessings blog put this reading plan together. Check it out HERE.
You can join us in this study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Feel free to share your SOAP in the comments too! Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We are excited to be starting our 5th year of the Discover One Thing online study!
Scripture: John 14:12-14 (context vs. 5-14)
Jesus the Way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.
12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Ask And I’ll Do It | Marianne Toovey
Jesus spent much of his ministry preparing his disciples for life after he leaves this earth. He promised that we will be capable of carrying out his mission, in even greater magnitude, because he’ll send us an Advocate (the Holy Spirit). And this is possible because anything that we ask in His name – that is, any request made in accordance with God’s character – will be granted to us.
The idea here is that if the desires of my heart match those of God’s heart, He will ensure they’re fulfilled. How can the desires of my heart match God’s? Well, in the same way that I become more and more like my husband every day because of the time we spend together and continue learning about each other, I can be more like God the more I spend time with Him and learn more about Him. I do feel my heart changing when I’m intentional about these readings and my SOAP, when I’m actively involved in Bible studies and not just a sideline spectator, and when I remain in fellowship with other believers. When I try to maintain a healthy relationship with God, I do feel the desires of my heart more closely resemble His. And it’s in those times of greater intimacy that I see God moving the most actively in each situation I encounter in life.
Dear God, sometimes I’m just a bad friend. I let busyness and the strain of everyday life get in the way of our relationship. But I know You’re there and I know it’s so easy to turn back to You once again. Thank You for remaining faithful to me, and helping me to understand the potential in a true relationship with You. Help me to get my priorities right so that our heart’s desires can be one and the same! I love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.