December 26-31: Verse of the Day

On January 1st, we will begin reading the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John chronologically, ending just in time for Easter. This study will be a great way to start a new habit in God’s Word every day and draw closer to Him in 2018. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue using SOAP daily with the verse of the day. Click on the link to go to YouVersion’s verse of the day website:

http://www.bible.com/moments.

We love hearing from you! Please continue to use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP or thoughts on the verse. Below is an overview of the SOAP method of Bible study. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

SOAP Method of Bible Study

S for Scripture

Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your Bible bookmark. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you, don’t rush. When you are done, look for ONE verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal. Why is this important? Writing the Scripture passage helps us to remember where key verses came from so we can look back in our journal or memorize them and pull them up from our memory when we need them.

O for Observation

What do you think God is saying to you in this Scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal. Record the context of the verse. Why is this important? Knowing this information helps us to know the context of the passage. When we know what’s going on, we can feel confident that we understand the Bible accurately and aren’t drawing inaccurate or even false conclusions. Another approach is to pull the scripture apart phrase by phrase and examine each part.

A for Application

Personalize what you have read, by asking God to reveal how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this Scripture can apply to you today. Why is this important? Knowing information about the Bible is important, but the real power of doing daily devotions is when the truth of Scripture changes our lives. Taking what we’ve read and applying it in our lives in practical ways helps us to grow in our Christian maturity and deepens our faith.

P for Prayer

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out. Why is this important? Asking God for support, wisdom, guidance, or strength helps us to rely on His power, not our power, to change. Praying is a great way to lean on God throughout the day and it can show us how faithful God is all the time.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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  1. Your Favor

    S: Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I AM with you; do not be dismayed, for I AM your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    O: God is speaking through Isaiah to His chosen ones, reminding them that He has chosen them and they have nothing to fear in this world. He also reminds them that He created everything and He chose who would rule and govern as there are no other gods that exist and would be doing this.

    A: You keep reminding me of the last part of Luke 2:14 – “…peace to those on whom His favor rests.” Your favor rested on Your chosen people in the Old Testament, but now that Jesus has come, Your favor rests on those You have chosen to believe and become children of God, like me. As we celebrated Christmas yesterday, I felt Your favor and I felt peace. I have nothing to fear because You favor me, and You promise that You will strengthen and uphold me.

    P: Thank You for favoring me and promising me that You will strengthen and uphold me. I often seek to be others’ favorite, but all that matters is Your favor. Uphold me, Lord, so my seeking is to please You more than anyone else.

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  2. Renew

    S: Isaiah 40:31 – …but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.

    O: This section begins in verse 27 by God asking His people why they think He doesn’t see them or care for them. My Bible notes explain the rest of the section answers this question — because their concept of God is too small. I think we also start to take what He’s doing for us for granted or never look for what He’s doing in the first place. God is bigger than anything we can fathom and He is always with us, whether we’re soaring, running, or walking slowly through a difficult season.

    A: If I put my hope in You, I am careful to include You in everything, in my daily walk, careful to abide. Then You promise to renew my strength. The prefix “re-” means again, so You will make my strength new again and again, every day that I put my hope in You. This is the promise You give me when I come to meet with You daily, and boy do I need Your strength renewed each day! You will help me to walk through each day because You love me and care about me.

    P: Lord, thank You for Your promise of renewal and always beings with me whether I’m soaring, running, or walking. I need Your strength.

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  3. Approaching You

    S: Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

    O: The previous verse talks about Jesus being our high priest and how He’s been in our shoes suffering in this world and has experienced how we feel. A priest is a mediator between God and man. Jesus is the high priest because He is the only One and only Way we can get to God. When Jesus died on the cross, the temple curtain tore in two, and now we all have access to God through Jesus. That is why we can confidently approach God at His throne and lay our prayers at His feet. And He is a good Father to give us all we need.

    A: A situation in my family has been getting in my head. You’ve revealed it to be a type of persecution. This verse further confirms that I am not wrong in coming directly to You and further that You will help me in those times when I have to face it.

    P: Father God, I confidently lay this request at Your throne, Please help me face opposition and persecution of any kind yet still honor those who love me. Thank You that I can come directly to You, any time, anywhere, about anything.

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  4. “Boldly Go…”

    S: Hebrews 4:16

    O: The bulk of this chapter emphasizes the importance of believing and following Jesus in order to receive God’s promised rest (salvation). Then in conclusion, Jesus is compared to a high priest. After all, he’s the mediator between us and God and he offered the sacrifice on our behalf. And since he was human, he personally understands the human struggle. Therefore, we can approach him with confidence to receive mercy and grace.

    A: Being a nerd, phrases like “boldly go” are a staple in our house. Being a super nerd (that’s like a regular nerd but with a cape) it’s even our homeschool mission statement. Boldly Go. But even so, boldness is not my strong suit when it comes to my faith. And even when I do try to boldly speak out to God, I find I’m still worried about how things will turn out. But Jesus has been there, done that. He knows firsthand what I’m going through, what I need and want, and how it feels to be vulnerable and lay it all out at the foot of the throne for God to not only see, but also judge. As my High Priest, Jesus can act as my advocate when I approach Him and I can rest assured that my case will be well represented. It’s true that God does answer prayers with a “no” from time to time and that sucks in the moment. But something better usually comes along instead. And I know I’ll never be denied the mercy and grace I need.

    P: Lord, I still struggle at times to come to You for fear of rejection. But if I’ve learned anything this year, it’s that You know me, care for me, and will give me anything I ask if it brings You glory. Give me that heart. The kind of heart that wants what You want so anything I do ask will bring You glory. And help me to boldly come to Your throne in all circumstances. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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  5. Out With The Old and In With The New

    S. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 KJV)

    O. In the verses just before, it tells us that Jesus was tempted and tried in all ways like we are, yet without sin. This word is specific to hold on to and heed in our overwhelming trials and tempted moments, wrapped in love, grace, mercy and a whole lot of forgiveness.

    A. I’ve been in a growing season (to put it lightly) for some time now. I don’t want anyone to see me in my funk; and I don’t want You to see me in it either, so I run from You. I would have called someone a liar if they would have told me that I would be back to a place in my life that is less than desireable (to me it’s what feels like “square one” in my walk with You) and having the feelings that I do. I came across a list of words, which asked me to describe what my feelings have been lately; sadly all the words were applicable. But that’s just it, they are all feelings and they don’t define who I am. I may have taken ownership and have forgotten my identity for a moment; but running to the throne seat in this time of need is just what I need to do. I need to put on this new change. I’m tired of running; I’m tired of hiding; and I want something better.

    P. Father, it’s always the same with me. I experienced something great (You), but I ran away and let my heart get hard (my, same song and dance). I’m running back, please forgive me and restore what we used to have. My specific prayer is that our relationship is thousands folds better. This year is ending and a new one is beginning, with You it’s going to be amazing no matter what it is in store. In Jesus’ name…Amen

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  6. I find it funny that I mentioned our school’s mission statement, Boldly Go, yesterday and today is our school’s Bible verse to go along with that mission statement!

    “Boldly Go…Again!”

    S: Matthew 28:19

    O: After Jesus’ death and resurrection, God’s kingdom became available to everyone. It’s not just for the Israelites anymore. Anyone who hears the Good News and chooses to believe may enter the gates of heaven and spend eternity with God. So it’s not surprising that Jesus’final command here is to spread the word to all nations, making as many disciples (or Christ-followers) as possible.

    A: I often struggle with this command because I lack that boldness mentioned yesterday. I’m not the kind of person that just starts talking about Jesus to people, unless I know they already believe. So it makes me feel inadequate that I don’t follow Jesus’ final command. But then I take a look at my life. I may not be going out and making disciples of all nations, per se, but I’m sure as heck making one of my daughter. And I’m helping to facilitate those beliefs in other children when I help in kids’ church. And maybe I can even shine a light in the drama class I teach! There may be others who are doing more, but I’m not doing nothing. And as I continue to search for ways to serve with my family, perhaps we’ll reach more!

    P: Father, I pray You touch the hearts of those all over the world who are hearing about You. Bless the work of Your missionaries, pastors, youth pastors, children’s ministries leaders – anyone in Your church whose job it is to teach. Bless our homeschool abs work in my daughter’s heart. Help me to find ways to bring more people to You through leadership positions I hold and serving opportunities. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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